Location: Dominica

The day started with a 6:45 wake-up; after getting to the dock, we met a hilarious person named Seacat, who was our main tour guide around the island. After a 25-30 min bumpy drive to the first location, we made it to the emerald waterfall. It was one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen, second only to the ones we saw later. Outside of the Emerald Falls, there are these little shops with a bunch of souvenirs for Dominica. Next we took a little detour to an amazing sandy beach we were passing. The first thing Calum had to do was climb the nearest palm tree to try and get a coconut. He was somewhat successful as he was able to climb the tree, but there were no good coconuts to be found up there. Most people spend their time on the beach body surfing or sleeping on the soft sand or the sponge-like grass. Next, we went to a house where we had some 100% cocoa. It’s not my cup of tea, but some people liked it. I was looking forward to the jerk chicken, which was so good. I tried to get Seacat’s recipe, but sadly, he wouldn’t give it up. We met a couple of furry friends on our escapades today at the house. They had an adorable puppy that loved Sienna and could not sit down for more than 10 seconds. Next, we went to the next set of unbelievable waterfalls, which had to be 50 meters tall, and the river they created was traitorous. We ventured into the river and went closer to the water falls base. Just imagine wadding through the water, trying not to slip on rocks and fall into the rapid parts of the river while Seacat is jumping from rock to rock as if he is walking to church on a Sunday morning. Overall, this was a highlight of the trip and something I will never forget for the rest of my life, and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it.