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... to our vehicle. On the way, Leslie stopped at a beer vendor booth and asked what their diagnosis might be. They agreed the kite's tail was too light. Leslie asked how that might be remedied. The three unanimously said we should add a branch. At that very instant, one of the young men jumped up and pulled a weed out of the ground. He tied the weed to the end of the tail. Then he escorted Leslie to the back of the vendor tent and put the ...
... the crowd that had gathered. The din was further punctuated by the horns of the passing vehicles. Straining to see, I could just make out the start of the bonfire at the bottom of the pile.
In no time at all, the fire engulfed the pile. At its height, the flames had to have been nearly 45 feet tall. I imagine the heat was fairly intense for those in the crowd. We could not feel the heat from our terrace. However, we ...
... actually takes it into the plant.
The cane's first introduction to the plant is by 92 steel knives. They are made out of one-half inch steel plate. They come out as a rough pulp and move on to the first of four mills. Enroute to that mill, the cane passes under a large magnet. That removes any metal that may have made it to that point.
At the first mill, the pulpy cane is mixed with water and crushed. That happens three more times along ...
The final stop of the tour was the Heritage Center. It is a combination museum and tasting room. Several scale models of the stills help one understand what had just been seen.
In the tasting room one sees there are some 19 different types of rum produced at DDL. The 15 year rum has won awards for many years in a row. This year, the eight year rum won. I initially asked to taste the 25 year rum. Amanda said that was not ...
... an old school control panel with hundreds of switches. Due to turbulence we flew quite low (4,000ft) to the gorge leading to the falls. This allowed us amazing views of the dense jungle below. After an hour we got our first view of the falls off in the distance. The plane did a couple of passes so we could all take pictures. It was a spectacular location, completely isolated in the middle of the jungle. We came in to ...
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