Visiting Saba for only 2 days, we decided it was a must to hike Mt. Scenery, the island’s (and Netherlands’) highest point. Although the travel guides describe the 1064 vertical step climb as strenuous, we were allured by the idea of hiking through the Elfin Forest, a “cloud-forest.” We took our time during the challenging, yet doable, 3 hour climb and descent, stopping to photograph the incredible vegetation and enjoying the peacefulness of no traffic on the trail. It seemed we had the cloud-forest to ourselves, until 5 mins before reaching the summit, we passed a group of children with mud to their knees, who recommended we stay to the RIGHT not the LEFT at the summit if we wanted to avoid their current muddy state. God bless children and their desire to explore, their lack of inhibition, their incredible intuition and their real-talk. With our insiders’ scoop, we knew which direction to take. Hopefully, now you do, too.
Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in when we reached the summit, so we weren’t able to see the Caribbean Sea and Saba’s neighboring islands, however, the hike still didn’t disappoint. Seeing the cloud-forest, up-close and personal, was out of this world.
Saba, you’ve earned your name, “The Unspoiled Queen.”
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Saba, “The Unspoiled Queen”