On our way around pretty St Kitts island, we were still enjoying our visit to Brimstone Hill Fortress on our clockwise tour around the island when we visited the well-kept old Rawlins Plantation We had lunch in a snackette on our way, and after the historical visit in the morning, we looked forward to visit the Black Rocks, just past the village of Saddlers. Shortly after the turn-off, we saw quite a few minivans parked, and realized that this was a regular stop for cruise ship passengers as well. Locals had set up souvenir and snack shops around the parking lot, and despite the relative remoteness of the place, it gave a strange touristy feeling of an otherwise empty place. Sure enough, on a non-cruise ship day, this place would be empty.
Even before seeing the sea, we heard the irresistible sound of waves breaking on the shore of the island. We walked down a little bit, where we had a great view of the stretch of black rocks. In fact, these are the remainders of a lava flow from Mt. Liamuiga, the 1155 metre high volcano that dominates the landscape in northern St Kitts. The sharp shapes of the rocks made the waves crush on the shore in a particularly wild fashion, and we just stood there in silence, watching the continuous spectacle of wave after wave, one even higher than the previous, on these resilient rocks.
Since there were many others around and we were still carrying our local lunch in a lunch box, we walked a little further east to find a quiet spot to eat with a view. After crossing a small cluster of houses, we found a tiny trail towards the coast, and found out it led to a confined space for pigs. Walking around it, we sat down on the soil, without a good view of the black rocks below us. The grunting pigs behind scared us at times, and we gave them the leftovers of lunch before walking back to the viewing spot. The tourists were gone, the locals were closing shop, and we had the place to ourselves now. We again watched the onslaught of the Caribbean waves on the Black Rocks, knowing that when we left, that would continue, forever.
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