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Reflections on Dominica

>> Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dominica has treated us very well. So far it has been my favorite island. It has scenery I never want to forget, with dramatic mountains rising out from the sea draped with lush green rain forests that are filled with all sorts of exotic trees, plants and hidden water falls. We got to experience all of these things on our hike up to the boiling lake, which was led by two awesome guides, Sea Cat and Callo. Along the way, they informed us of the traditional and modern uses of plants and trees. As we climbed higher the views became more and more breathtaking, and we stopped again and again to take pictures. When we reached the summit, Sea Cat graced us with homemade passion fruit juice. As we continued our hike down the other side, we got to see Dominica’s ongoing geothermal activity. We all got “facials” by smearing sulfur mud on our faces. We also enjoyed lounging in the natural hot water springs. The main event of the hike was the boiling lake. I doubt I will ever see anything like it again. When we made it to the end of the trail, the finale was Titu Gorge, a refreshing natural spring for our sore muscles. It was a perfect way to end a long day of hiking.

Andrew Jonash


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