Roseau, Dominica

Trip Start Jan 26, 2009
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Trip End Mar 27, 2009


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Boys-oh-boys, hot and muggy when we stepped out on deck today as we docked at Roseau, Dominica.  We were not rushed at all as the ship did not dock until 12 noon.  We gathered in the Cool Lounge with about 45 fellow passengers before heading out to meet with Augustine Beno Pascal for a grand tour of coastal and rain forest regions of Dominica in four mini-vans.  Dominica is not what one might class as a rich country but they are rich in culture and proud of their heritage.  Their children appear to be well educated and well fed and heaven knows they have a wonderful climate, beautiful beaches and spectacular rain forests to keep themselves amused.  We wound our way along the coastal highway, past beautiful beaches and plantations of every description (banana, bread fruit, coconut, etc.) while gradually climbing and moving further inland.  Our first stop, on our way to the Emerald Waterfall and Pool, was at Mr. Nice's fruit stand to sample all of the exotic fruits from the rain forests of Dominica.  Then on to the Emerald Pool.  We had to trek into the forest, up and down several steep slopes to reach the pool but it was lots of fun finding out about the native trees and plants during our walk and the journey was certainly worth the effort because the waterfall, though not large by Canadian standards, was quite beautiful.  From here we returned to Roseau and then continued inland to the south east to the Trafalgar Falls.  Here we entered true rain forest and not even our disposable rain ponchos keep us dry.  Again, a trek through lush forest with a good climb to two spectacular falls (photos just as soon as I can figure out how to work around the electronic upload problems.
 
By 6:30 pm we were back on-board the Splendor and sitting down to a superb dinner of beef tenderloin:  life on the high seas is tough but we are managing somehow.
 
Barbados tomorrow morning.
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applepie
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Lush Rain Forest?
Try not to be too envious of us while treking through lush jungles drinking tropical fruit juices, because back here at home we just had 32 cm of pure white glistening snow. And to make sure everyone enjoyed it, they closed the schools for two days, shut down some of the 100-series highways and even let the military stay home. The drifts next to the studio are up over my waist.

You are probably sitting comfortably sipping a cool tropical drink looking across the warm blue waters at a rainforest paradise. Me, I'm stting too, sucking on a frozen icicle looking into white-outs hoping for a lull just to identify the trees or even the garage.

Life is full of choices - lush jungles, tropical drinks OR frozen snow covered tundra and icicles - you made your choice - now live with it!!!

Take care, enjoy the day, know too that I will be very warm, albeit, I will be shovelling snow for the rest of the day. Hopefully we will get plowed out today.

Tim and Margaret

PS. - Mom and Dad are just fine. I tooks eggs over Monday and your house is still standing. No worries - all is well. We do a walkabout every day.

original
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Shortstop and Original
We're back or I am, as Ian is at work and hasn't read your latest entry. I read Tim's & Margaret's comment about their recent snowfall. Fortunately, we didn't get that snow in Ottawa. I'm not sure where we would have put it, as the snowbanks in our driveway must be 10 feet. There weren't any thaws in January, so no melting has occurred. However, we're used to cold, snowy winters & rarely cancel school. Now, doesn't all this dialogue about weather make you more convinced than ever that you're in the right place- hot & muggy sounds great to me!
I spoke with your Mom yesterday, Lynne, & told her that there was another entry from the Oldnavigator. I'll probably call her in a few minutes again. She plans to ask Shelley to help her today & you might get a message from her. She can write about the weather too.
I played bridge yesterday, will exercise at the club later, going out to dinner tonight with my 'teacher group' and golfing[!!} tomorrow evening with Ian- Oh, I forgot to add 'indoor golf'.
Hope you had a good time in Barbados today. We enjoyed it when we were there.
Cheers,
Alice
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