Roseau, Dominica

Trip Start Jan 26, 2009
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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