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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Day 3: Roseau, Dominica

We docked at the pier of Roseau, Dominica at 7am, but our excursion didn't start until 10:45am. So once again we headed up to the buffet for some breakfast - oatmeal with raisins, two hard boiled eggs, and a bowl of fresh fruit. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of energy for our zip line and river tubing adventure.

Before signing up for this excursion, our friends were a little nervous but were excited about trying something new. We slapped on our gear, watched the demonstration about safety first, learned what we had to say when the guides shouted rum - "Punch!", and we were on our way.... or atleast we thought we were.

We waited at the rear of the group since there was a semi-obnoxious wedding party in our group. As we approached the ladder to start our climb up, my friend started to get really nervous. She forgot to include that she was afraid of heights!! Now was not the time to divulge this information! So her hubby and I climbed the ladder to see if that would make her more comfortable, but it was a no go. She decided to stay behind and just take pics of us along the way.

They said online that this excursion was not for the faint at heart or the weak... and they were right. This adventure was not just about just zip lines... it was about crossing 4x4 posts dangling in the air,

bridges with beams 2 feet apart that are free floating,

a tarzan swing (which was optional thank god!) and obstacle courses that I couldn't even imagine.

Although hubby friend didn't want to finish the course, atleast he was smiling half way through (shoot - he was the one who was really nervous about it from the beginning!)

Once I got started, although it really was very physically strenuous, I was having fun. Going through the obstacles and hanging on for dear life really built up a sweat. So when we finished with a long zip line over the river... it was a nice ending.

Next was river tubing! This was their dry month, so needless to say there wasn't much water in the river, just enough to get us going. However, every once in awhile you would get stuck off to the side in the rocks. Our tour guides said during the rainy season when the water level is another 2 feet higher, the rapids are really ferocious. There were times when we were just floating along in the river, with the calm breeze and the birds chirping in the trees, that it was extremely peaceful.

Even though they supplied drinks (yes, more rum punch, but this wasn't as good as St. Martin's) and fruit to eat after each excursion, we were starving by the time we got back to the ship. We were able to grab a quick bite to eat, especially since our second seating dinner didn't start until 8:30pm, and then proceed to take another nap (yes, we did these quite frequently mainly because we could).

The rest of the evening was uneventful, or rather unwinding is a better word. Next day, Grenada and a hike to see the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

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