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Meeting up with friends from Antigua
Elizabeth
04/23/2012, Roseau, Dominica

We came to Roseau from Portsmouth to connect with our buddies Tyson and Judith. The anchorage is very rolly so we brought dinner over to their catamaran (which is far less rolly than a monohull, as any catamaran owner will gladly point out) and guess who took over in the kitchen? It's a no-brainer for all of you who know Ed. He takes over in everyone's kitchen. Tyson and Judith are on their way back to Antigua and we're on our way down south. It's great seeing them again. We'll stay a few days if the seas don't get any rougher at the anchorage. It's not exactly comfortable for any of us.

By the way, I did change our Lat/Lon Position as I promised to do better with that.

Spectacular Rainbow
Elizabeth (photo by s/v Picaroon)
04/22/2012, Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica

This rainbow was the most spectacular we've seen thus far. Ed and I were walking on shore with Luna when we spotted it. The purple was my favorite part. While we were on shore, Heather (s/v Picaroon) took this photo of the rainbow over Skylark. If you look closely, you'll see a second one above it and to its left.

04/23/2012 | Kathryn Sain
amazingly beautiful rainbows....and you look like you're having so much fun, especially with your new friends, Pip and his wife....and your old friends, Ty and Judith. The spices, cocoa and coffee sound divine...feels like you're so close to nature...thanks for all the beautiful photos, story and tour of Dominica.
04/28/2012 | Ed Easter
It was a very "rich" experience on this island. We loved many aspects of it, including our time with new and "old" friends.
Enjoying the bar on the Indian River
Elizabeth (photo by s/v Sapphire)
04/21/2012, Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica

Caroline and Moby on s/v Sapphire just emailed this photo of Ed and me taken on our Indian River tour. Ed is wearing a t-shirt we got him in Coinjock, NC, along the ICW. It says, "Whereinthehelliscoinjock?" The other souvenir t-shirt he bought was from St. Martin and it says, "Bite me". I'm beginning to wonder about his sense of humor. The little white button on my cap says, "Peace". How did we end up together?? :)

Ed picking fruit
Elizabeth
04/21/2012, Dominica, Inland

The tour guide Winston asked Ed to climb one of these trees and pick some guava fruit for us all. It was tasty, but full of hard seeds. It reminded me a little bit of grapefruit. Ed managed to pick enough for everyone. Always helpful, that man.

Kitten Playing with Pip
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
04/21/2012, Inland Island Tour, Dominica

Who could resist this sweetie-pie kitten? She loved to play and while she was eager to bite, she never bit with any strength. It was all play for her. I can never resist the animals, especially kittens and puppies.....and goats, cows, horses, parrots, pigs, birds, reptiles, etc., etc. I'm not typically thrilled with the chickens, but get me around the chicks and it's a different story.

04/21/2012 | Heather
FANTASTIC! This photo is fabulous. You look mischievous, and Pip looks super silly.
Rum, Rum and More Rum
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
04/21/2012, Side stop on inland tour, Dominica

Behind this bartender is every imaginable, conceivable type of rum. There was even one called Obama Rum. We didn't partake in any, but it might be worth returning for some!

Carib Boat
Ed (photo by Elizabeth)
04/21/2012, Carib Indian Reservation, Dominica

The Carib Indians make these boats using one carved log for the bottom half of the hull. They leave it out in the sun and rain to cure, with rocks in the middle of it so it sags under the weight of the rocks. As it bows, it gets its shape and widens so that when they insert the side boards it is wide in the middle and narrow in the ends.

Carib Mother and Child
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
04/21/2012, Carib Indian Reservation, Dominica

Winston pointed out that this woman, a Carib Indian was probably full-blooded but her child looked like a mix. As I mentioned before, the Carib people are very handsome, but then again, so is everyone else. Young, old, big, small, thin, not thin (we don't see a lot of obesity in the islands), people have a deep beauty that is quite noticeable. And as much as Winston flirted, what strikes me is how respectful the men seem to be with the women in general. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of flirting going on, but no cat calls or whistling at the women walking by, no groups of men yelling out at passing females. I have noticed the same thing in every Island we've visited thus far. There might be a comment or two, and lots of what one woman called "provoking" between the sexes, but it all feels safe, respectful and clean.

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