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Dominica, Day 2. The Indian River

The Indian River is probably the most famous river in Dominica. This river was used to film parts of Pirates of The Caribbean II. 

Martin picked us up from our boats at 6:30am. It was an early morning as we viewed the sun come up over the mountain,   
  and were greeted by a bright double rainbow. 
  

There are no motors allowed in the river, so Martin turned off the engine and paddled us up the river.   

He talked about the history of the island and pointed out different birds and crabs along the way. 
   

The root systems and foliage along the river was breathtaking!!  

The prop of the witches house from the movie is still there    so, the kids had to go explore it looking for the witch.
  

More pictures from along the river.   
    
   

  A crooked Palm. (Below)   
 Martin Rowing.   

Some of the crabs Martin pointed out.

    
   
More River scenes.   
    
   
We stopped at a river garden at our turn around point.  
The garden was full of flowers and herbs. 

    
  The boat used for our river tour.   
    
   A black humming bird with bright green wings. (Below)   
 Flower called Porcelin Rose. 
    
Our group. Time out, Escape Claws and Sail Pending         
 Tyler had the best seat in the boat on the way back. 

    
    
 
This was an amazing tour!!! If you’re ever near Dominica, do not miss the Indian River. 

Link to video of our tour

Dominica, Day 1. Part 2, Tasting the Local Flavors of the Island. 

After we hiked through the Syndicate Rain Forest, Spesh took us to an agricultural area where different farmers grew different fruits and veggies. He explained the wild herbs growing and answered our questions about how to prepare the foods that we’ve never seen before. 

The kids found every ripe Wild Raspberry along the hike.  

 

 Spesh climbing a tree to pick oranges for us. There are 3 types of Oranges on the island; One to eat, One to make juice and One that helps with stomach problems and that will increase your appetite. He was getting us eating oranges.  

We ate a fresh picked Papaya.   

   
Drank Coconut Water from a fresh coconut.  

 
Spesh showed us how to bunch Citronilla, so we could use it to make tea or keep bugs off our boat.  
We saw Banana plants and ate a freshly picked banana. (By the way, the bananas back in the states are nothing like these bananas. Once we get home we will probably never be able to eat a banana again. A freshly picked banana is AMAZING!!!) 

 
And Pineapples plants.  

 
And coffee beans 

 
And we chewed on fresh sugar cane 

 
…. And finally, the kids got to climb up into a tree house that was built in a cinnamon tree!!!  

   
Then we walked up a river to a 100′ waterfall.  

 
  

    
    
  
  
Here are some others pictures from this amazing day.

Our lunch at Sandy’s Beach Restaraunt.  

Lion Fish
  
BBQ chicken
 

Stay tuned for the Indian River tour!!!

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