Friday, February 8
After a day of rest, we were ready for more hiking in Dominica. We had planned another guided hike with Ken to the top of Morne Diablotin which is the highest peak in Dominica. It took about 30 minutes to get to the start of the hike, driving through orange and grapefruit groves. As soon as we got out of the van to begin the hike, it started to rain, and unfortunately, the rain didn't stop all day. The hike was about 3 miles up to the top which basically went straight up; tons of log steps for the first mile and a half, and lots of mud puddles. Our hiking boots were completely covered in mud after the first 30 minutes of the hike. It was really interesting to see the vegetation change as we moved up the mountain. The top half of the mountain contained shorter bushes, rather than trees, with thick dense leaves. For the last half of the hike, we were climbing straight up the vines of the trees/bushes and the rock of the mountain. When we finally arrived at the top, we found ourselves within a cloud and surrounded by clouds. The rain stopped just long enough for a picture, but there was absolutely no visibility since it was such a cloudy day. After waiting for a while in hopes that the sun may come out (without any luck), we headed back down the mountain, making it back to the van much faster than we had on the way up. Gene and I agree that this was probably the muddiest hike we've ever done, with mud practically filling our shoes, socks, and all over our legs and shorts. We were happy to be back on the boat later that day to jump in the ocean and clean off all the mud.
Start of the trail
View from the top (in a cloud)
Showing off our mud-covered shoes / legs