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... held the kite. When she was at just the right spot, I had her stop. I lifted the kite above my head and let go. Instantly the kite was airborne. Unfortunately, the kite went round and round a couple of times and then crashed. After repeating that for about the third time, one of the locals that had been watching said our tail was too light.
Since we did not have any fabric to add to the tail, we gathered up the kite and began to ...
... seemed to be at a constant crescendo. It kept us on the edge of our seats for quite some time.
I passed my time "painting with light" as cars drove on the highway between our vantage point and the bonfire location. The crowd for the bonfire continued to build as did the sound of the drums.
Finally, at nearly 20:20, a group of men gathered at the base of the soon-to-be bonfire. The drums were beating steadily. We ...
... pounds! Mr. Henry indicated some punts can hold as much as 10 tons.
The men in the fields harvesting the cane are paid based on the specific weights of the punts. Each punt is numbered so it can be tracked to ensure each man is paid according to the punt to which he contributed.
Once the cane is weighed the hopper hinges open and the cane falls out the bottom. It lands on a conveyor belt. At the top of the belt the cane drops onto another ...
... set in the barrels, a small square of burlap is placed over the hole first. That helps secure the bung. We were allowed to pick up and inspect the bungs and the burlap. They were still wet, having a definite odor of rum. Those that wished were able to take them as a souvenir.
Emerging from the emptying area we were at the cooperage. Unfortunately, barrels were not being made while we were there. At this point of the tour we were allowed to ...
... the trail was not so simple to follow as just "a trail." Instead, there were several different routes from which to choose. All in all it did not really seem to matter which one was selected. The trail paralleled the main road. We came to find out later the detour was there because the main road was particularly difficult for that stretch. Ultimately we merged back onto the main road and continued toward town. ...
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