|We asked Titus to sign us up for a tour of the Indian River in the morning but got washed out. It rains a lot in Dominica!
|We went on the tour the next morning and Titus drove us to the mouth of the river to hand us off to a different guide. We were a little bummed because Titus was so nice and we didn't know who we'd be going with but it turned out great.
|We were handed over to James Bond who was perfect as a guide for us. He immediately tuned in to what the kids oohed and aahed about and made a special point of spotting things he thought they'd want to see.
|We took an early morning tour and had the place to ourselves. It was so cool and peaceful. We could hear all of the birds. James knew a ton about all of the plants and animals and was happy to answer every question.
|James made these pretty animals out of palm leaves for the kids.
|Grasshopper and fish for Drew, hummingbird and fish for Cubby.
|Then James taught the kids how to make the fish.
|This is part of the set for the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It's Calypso's house.
|We've had a serious fishing dry spell so indulged in some fresh, local lobster.
|Then the kids went over to Salmagal and had a blast swinging from their spinnaker pole.
|Cubby hesitated but then loved it.
|Mira's turn! She's an expert.
|Then their tow rope was used for its true purpose. If we were doing this for longer we would definitely get a tow rope and wish we had thought of it sooner.
|Taking a break on the paddleboard.
|The large island is full of beautiful and interesting hikes and this is just one tiny one. We don't feel like we made the most of our visit because the hiking seems to be the real highlight. But I think we were just ready to turn around.
|The island is so lush and fertile that many things can be grown easily. When you go to the grocery store, see if anything comes from Dominica. Slim snipped some thyme and basil and dug up some ginger root for us to take home.
|A little bit of scrambling brought us to the falls. Tropical Storm Erika brought so much rain that a lot of mud and rocks came over the falls and filled in the pool.
|It was very pretty but we sort of stood around not knowing what to do with ourselves while Slim sulked on a rock. It was pretty shallow and no one was up for a chilly dip. Maybe after all our traveling we're just burned out on waterfalls and hiking!
|Andy and the kids all opted for the rope swing to get across. I walked.
|Sandy's Beach restaurant is where we had a really good dinner out with Liz and Andy from Salmagal.