I'm linking up again today with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what's saving my life at this mid-point of winter.
My lifeline of happy right now isn't particularly reproducible, or one that makes any of my friends sympathetic, but it is honest.
Pictures of St. Lucia.
|Pigeon Island in the background, which is neither a pigeon nor an island. It was an island, until they dumped a bunch of fill and connected it to the mainland, so now it's a peninsula, called Pigeon Island.|
I can't get enough.
|Hiking up Pigeon Island.|
|Fort Rodney, at the top of one of the two peaks of the [former] island; built by the British to ward off the French.|
Our fifteenth-anniversary trip was quite possibly the best vacation I've ever had.
|The other hill--Signal Peak (so named for its use by the US during WWII). Also, the faint outline of Martinique in the background on the left.|
|Our resort, occupying the artificial causeway connecting Pigeon Island and St. Lucia; and Rodney Bay; from Fort Rodney.|
It was heartbreaking to leave. And, although I have sighed and repined enough that Jason has threatened me ("If you're going to be this depressed, I'm never taking you anywhere again!"), when I look out at a bleak frozen landscape, in my mind I see lush hibiscus and crystal turquoise water.
|Actual hiking time: 23 minutes.|
Time spent taking selfies: 58 minutes.
Total time investment for present and future happiness: priceless.
|Rodney Bay, which we paddled clear across in a kayak on our first day.|
I'm doing my best to cruise on the island-vibe momentum, channelling the utter relaxation I felt for a solid week.
|Top of Signal Peak.|
|Looking back at Fort Rodney from the higher Signal Peak.|
I love a pretty picture, and getting to flick through dozens of them that are connected in my mind to happy feelings and warm breezes and tons of fun..... it's saving my life this winter.
|On the way back down the mountain, we met a young woman from Trinidad, who commended a visit to her country to us. Such enjoyable interactions with people of various nationalities.|