Location: Roseau, Dominica

Today started early and still semi-dark with 5:30 a.m. wake-ups. After a rushed breakfast of cereal, we all shuttled to the dock to meet up with Poncho our tour guide for the boiling lake hike. The hike began nicely with a nice and steady uphill through puddles of mud and water. After falling victim to the puddles in the first 15 minutes, as most of us eventually did, I gave up on trying to maneuver myself around and ended up walking through streams and mud in my shoes all day, maybe not the brightest idea as I later realized. The run-hikers waited for the rest of the scenic hiker squad at the lookout about halfway to the lake and again later to enjoy the hot-springs where we did mud facial and took a warm bath. After about 3 hours of downhills and uphills, the DFL (dead freaking last) squad consisting of Tina, Margaret, Mari, Tessa, Miranda and me made it to the boiling lake where the run-hikers had finished eating lunch and were ready to head back. The DFL squad enjoyed a leisurely lunch and lots of photo taking on the long journey back. Anticipating the end, the DFL squad tragically split up. Arriving at the base I took off my shoes to find them shriveled and rough where most people were disgusted, the kind lady at the restaurant gave me a foot rub in hopes of reviving them. Arriving back around at 5 pm, Caroline was preparing a delicious dinner of chili.