|Video of Emerald Falls|
Wanting to get all the touristy items in, we booked an Indian River tour for the next day. Mid afternoon, Uncle Sam picked us up at the boat and we headed off to Indian River. The guides are not permitted to use the boats engine to tour the river, so they row us the entire afternoon. What now makes this a famous spot is that it is where a few of the swamp scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean 2 were filmed. Of note is the witch Calypso’s hut.
|Witch Calypso's Hut|
The next 4 days turned to to be an absolute deluge of rain. Normally this is their dry season. It rained almost without stop for the entire 4 days. This turned out to be a major weather event for Dominica.
|Washed out bridge on the main road|
The airport was closed down for 2 days due to weather and flooding of the taxiways. The main highway (in Dominican terms this means a FULL two lanes!) between Portsmouth and Roseau suffered a bridge washout that will have the highway closed for weeks if not months.
In the harbour where we were anchored, the water turned brown and the trees stumps, branches and whatever else would float passed us!
|Damp day on board|
The other event was the lose of two fishing boats near us, each about 80 or 100 foot long. Both had been abandoned for some time but none the less – once broke free from its mooring and disappeared over the horizon, the other slowly over two days filled up with water and rolled over and sank in 30 feet of water.
Well the rain did stop and after been cooped up on board, it was great to get out and walk about. We took the opportunity to hike up the Cabrits National Park and the restored Fort Shirley, dating from the 18th century.
|The rain is gone!!!|
|Up the mast looking for land!|
We did have one VERY surprising coincidence while we were in Portsmouth. A gentleman stopped by one afternoon and stated that he almost confused our boat for his! We chatted for a while about the Hylas 46 model and as the conversation progressed, I asked him the name of the boat – he answered Capers but the prior name was Tranquilite. WOW – when we were looking for a Hylas 46 there was only two available on the US East Coast – one was Tranquilite and the other was to become Ambition. We had turned our back on Tranquilite because the boat was in a terrible condition inside. The woodwork was deeply gouged, scratched and damaged by water. Plus the boat just did not feel good for us. Here we are some 3 ½ years later and the two boats are side by side in a bay in Dominica! It is an awfully small world indeed!