The Pages of The Gray Wizard
The island of Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic - different place, was surely the most beautiful island we visited. Almost untouched, much of the dense rain forests remains unexplored. "The Nature Island" it's called with 365 rivers (one for every day), waterfalls, hot springs and boiling lakes. Columbus landed here and it is said that were he to return today he would still recognize it. English is the official language, but a French patois is widely spoken. The Caribs, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, still live here in the mountainous Northeast.
Here we took a 4 hour tour deep into the rain forests. We left dockside at the Bayfront Harbor in Roseau, capital city of Dominica, heading into the rain forests to Trois Piton National Park, home of the Emerald Pool. Along the way, the road passed through vast banana plantations and beautiful wild flowers. Arriving at the park, we got out of our bus and trekked up a trail leading to the pool. The trail was rugged and the forest was dense and humid. The pool is fed by a cascade of water which plunges off a fern covered cliff. Next stop the village of Trafalgar where we trekked up another rugged trail to a viewpoint above the river and a grand view of the twin Trafalgar Falls. Leaving Trafalgar we headed for the Cane Field Estates, stopping at the Springfield Plantation for a cool drink of tangerine punch. Then down the Imperial Road en route to our ship. We got a lot of exercise on this tour, but it was the most beautiful of them all.
A View of Roseau
Here's a view of the capital city of Roseau as seen from the ship before we disembarked
The Emerald Pool
Returning to the Ship