Virgin Islands: Gorda Peak National Park
Our last day at Virgin Gorda, we went hiking! We left Leverick Bay at sea level, hiked up Leverick Bay Road and then took North Sound Road up to Gorda Peak National Park. From there we had a 25 minute hike to the tallest point of the island and a lookout tower. By the time we returned to the boat, we had gone 6.2 miles and ascended 1500 feet.
One great thing I enjoyed about this hike was you had views almost the entire time. It was great to look back and see the boat. Walking on the roads, you passed through little towns and got a feel for island life. The last mile was a more typical hiking trail, winding through a forest. Although all the vegetation around me was foreign, being under a tree canopy and surrounded by greenery was a familiar sensation. I felt like I was home. Of course, the view from the lookout tower was stunning– you could see the ocean in all directions!
Me at Gorda Peak! Like those new shorts from Jost Van Dyke?
This day was epiphyte day! On North Sound Road, I passed a tree covered in air plants. On the trail to Gorda Peak, I took a picture of a Heart in Nature which turned out to be heart-shaped anthurium, another epiphyte. Who knew!
Like Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda had goats. Lots of goats. Thus, I got lots of goat pictures. My favorite was on the way back down to the boat. I passed a house that still had its Christmas decorations out in the front yard where some goats were grazing. The result? A Nativity scene with real live goats!
We also passed a number of chickens. I was most impressed by the flock that discovered a handy stockpile of food.
Each island we stopped on, I would spot a termite nest. As we went from St. Thomas to Jost Van Dyke to Virgin Guana, the nests seemed to get bigger and bigger. On Virgin Gorda, I saw the biggest one of the entire trip. Jimmie wasn’t around for his measurement duties, so I had to step up to the plate:
Kill Nothing But Time
On various trails, I have seen a lot of signs that remind hikers to, “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” At Gorda Peak National Park, I saw a sign with nice addition to that phrase:
Touch only your heart and kill nothing but time.
I liked that. And I complied. I left very touched by this hike and I killed a great deal of time.
|Gorda Peak From Leverick Bay
Length: 6.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1500 Feet
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Anchor at Leverick Bay at Virgin Gorda