|March 7 - Roseau, Dominica (“ Rose-oo, Dome in eek a”)
Eight of us in a van with a driver and Shantelle as guide spent 5 hours traveling through the capital city, Rosewau. It is a very poor town with small houses and businesses crowded together along narrow streets. Rather dismal, really.
On to park and walk 10 min. to see Trafalgar Falls, a pretty twin falls of substantial size. It was a treat to see a large land crab hiding on a ledge beside the trail. Our stop at the Botanical Gardens was disappointing as we didn't have much time there. We did get to see the Jaco parrot (national bird) and were amazed to see a crushed school bus under a baobob tree from a 1979 hurricane. (A gift to the island from Canada, it was empty at the time.)
It was so hot and humid today that I broke down and bought a handwoven fan made by a Carib Indian at one of the many vendor tables found at every stop. It is an 8” round circle on an 8” handle that cost $5 and though it was put into action immediately it really only stirred hot air. At least I felt I was doing something to try to feel cooler!
Our last stop was to see the Emerald Pool. It was in a rain forest habitat with interesting trees and tree ferns but we found the rocky slippery 15 min. trail more than we wanted to tackle. We stopped at a viewpoint overlooking the falls and the small green pool to watched some brave souls clamber over rocks and into the pool for a dip. Happy it was them and not us that had to sit in wet clothes for the long ride back to the ship.