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It's Always An Adventure
Al Dive
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
04/29/2012, Roseau, Dominica

We promised the good folks at Al Dive, where we picked up a mooring ball that we would post a photo of their place, along with a plug for their services. They are very professional, friendly, and eager to help with anything. If you're ever in Dominica and want to dive, check them out.

Before leaving Dominica
Elizabeth
04/29/2012, Roseau, Dominica

It always gives me a smile to see Ed actually resting, relaxing and enjoying the day. He works hard and gets pretty worn out most days, plus he worries about the upcoming months. I do, too. Neither of us looks forward to the days with little or no wind, mosquitoes and unpredictable threats of storms. We have come across many people who have marina slips reserved in Grenada or Trinidad for hurricane season, but we can't seem to commit to that option. We have good sailing friends who went down to the ABC's during summer months (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, off the Venezuelan coast) and that might be our choice as well. And then there's the issue of Luna, who would probably be happier living in an air conditioned house in the US then on a boat in the Caribbean (go figure!) but who ultimately wants to be with us whether it's here, there or anywhere. She has been granted import permits to all the rabies-free countries we've applied to thus far, but we are concerned about St. Vincent and Trinidad who seem to be tougher about the requirements. We are hopeful we'll do fine in that regard and if not, Luna will have to stay on the boat if and when we stop at those countries.

05/09/2012 | Lyndall
From Moses to ZamZam and everything in-between! Enjoying catching up after about a month or so. Thanks for the grogeous photos and great stories. Happy to see Ed in the Rainbow Hammock. Miss you. Wish we could be there with you. Lovely seeing all the friends you connect with along the way.
Leaving Dominica
Elizabeth
04/27/2012, Roseau, Dominica

Happy Belated Birthday, Jon! We are getting ready to release our mooring ball and leave this spectacular Island. We'll make a quick stop in Martinique before making our way further south to St. Lucia. There's a well-known Jazz Festival there that we'd love to catch part of if not too expensive. Dianah Ross, Santana, Ziggy Marlin and lots of others are headlining. It's been a great visit here; we continue to be impressed by the friendliness, helpfulness of almost everyone we meet, and of course, the natural beauty. Dominicans are proud of their country and have every reason to be.

04/27/2012 | Kathryn Sain
gorgeous shot!
04/28/2012 | Ed Easter
Thanks, Kathryn. It's funny you would comment on this particular shot because I almost didn't post it, thinking, "Does anyone really want to see another coconut tree over the water photo?" And apparently, someone out there does! I like the photo and never tire of the view.
Zam Zam Cafe
Elizabeth
04/25/2012, Roseau, Dominica

One thing I meant to do was to ask the owner where the name of their restaurant comes from. This is the view from the road. When the place is closed, the door is shut and you don't have a clue what magic is just on the other side. You can see Ed discussing the bill with our waitress, Merle. He is giving her more money for her tip after she handed the change back to us.

Tyson in his glory
Elizabeth
04/25/2012, Zam Zam's Cafe, Roseau, Dominica

This is such a classic expression for Tyson. He still reminds me constantly of the actor Jack Nicholson.

Enjoying the day
Elizabeth (photo by Tyson)
04/25/2012, Zam Zam's Cafe, Roseau, Dominica

Can you tell we're feeling relaxed?

Friends at lunch
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
04/25/2012, Roseau, Dominica

These are our good friends Tyson and Judith who we had some phenomenal experiences with these past few days. They left this afternoon for places North and we were sad to see them go. It is always an adventure with the two of them. We hope our paths will cross again.

Lunch Stop at Zam Zam's
Elizabeth
04/25/2012, Roseau, Dominica

Judith and Tyson took us to this slice of paradise; a Mexican restaurant facing the water that looks like nothing we'd ever consider entering from the street side. We're so glad we ventured there. The owner is Italian and his wife is Mexican. We had a huge lunch with drinks and all felt fortunate to be experiencing the opportunity to be in such a wonderful place. The morning was spent snorkeling at Champagne Reef where bubbles come up from the reefs due to volcanic activity. While snorkeling is typically mysteriously quiet, once you approach the bubbles at Champagne Reef you hear the water flowing. The snorkeling was great and we appreciate Tyson and Judith for driving their much bigger and faster dinghy since we had quite a distance to go from our mooring balls. It was great fun.

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