Location: Roseau, Dominica

We woke up early this morning to go on the boiling lake hike. We met Pancho and Sea Cat, our guides for the day, on the dock. We then drove through town and towards the rainforest. We hiked up to the top of a mountain. It was amazing. The lush vegetation, the muddy pathways, the heat, and the rain were very refreshing. Also, it felt good to be able to really walk around for the first time since we left Cape Verdes. As we descended down the steep steps on the other side of the mountain, we started to smell the sulfur of the hot spring. We climbed down a rocky hillside and into the valley of desolation. There was steam blowing by us as we ate our lunch with natural mud masks on. We continued our hike towards the boiling lake. It was an amazing sight, looking over the steep ledge into a huge bubbling lake. On our way back, we stopped and bathed in the hot springs. The hike ended at the Titou Gorge, an amazing swim spot through the rock walls in the cold water to a waterfall that was almost completely enclosed by the tall rocks. We then cruised back to the dock, listening to reggae.