Yesterday, I decided to climb Jacob’s Ladder with my shipmate, Brian, a staircase that is 699 steps up the side of the mountain here in Jamestown. I wasn’t expecting the size of the steps, which were at least a few inches taller than your standard staircase. I didn’t measure them, but by the time I got to the top, they knew my name.
Carol and I had split with Brian, as we had some laundry to do and we climbed up Napoleon Street, a decent incline of its own, to turn that in. Once we got back down, Brian was already half way up the ladder. I thought for sure I could catch him. so I started going up the ladder until I got 100 steps under my belt. Then I had to stop because I was having a hard time breathing. I took another 50 steps, breathe, breathe, breath. Another 50 steps, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe. Another 25 steps, sit down, breathe, wonder what the hell I’m doing this for, breathe, breathe, breathe. Another 25 steps. Rinse, repeat. I never did catch Brian. He met me on his way back down. It was quite a challenging climb for me, especially after no walking of any sort for the past couple of weeks as we’ve been sailing and hanging out on the boat. I took some pics along the way,which I’ll share here. I also took some pics of the sailboats in the harbor while I was up there.
I recommend you try this hill for yourself when you come to Jamestown. You won’t be disappointed with the challenge or the view! Maybe the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce should consider a ribbon or a patch or something with the words, “I climbed Jacob’s Ladder in Jamestown, St Helena!”
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