Location: Dominica

Around the dinner table tonight many people said that today has been one of their favourite days so far. We spent the day with Sea Cat and Archie exploring Dominica. They day began with a drive up the leeward side of the island to Portsmouth, where we rowed up the Indian River with our local guides. During this we took salinity and temperature measurements at different depths, and will be analyzing and graphing our data in a later science class and then determine what category of estuary the river was exemplifying. It was a great opportunity for some real hands-on science and in a very picturesque environment. We kept our eyes out and saw some mullet, crabs and herons in the mangroves. After a quick salt-fish snack we drove over to the windward side, stopping on route for guavas and to visit a coconut plantation factory. We enjoyed a tasty lunch of fresh avocado sandwiches, coconuts and almonds fresh from the trees. After lunch we headed over to the Carib Indian settlement, the only remaining original settlers. Here we stopped for some delicious cassava bread, Christmas shopping at the local craft stalls and some more fruit. We stopped by one of Sea Cats friend’s house for some fresh cocoa, coffee, more coconut, sugar cane, herbal teas, and more local spices. Driving back along the windward coast we stopped at a banana plantation and a citrus farm – loading up with yet more fresh local fruits. The day ended nicely with a splash in Emerald Falls, an icy cold fresh water waterfall in the Trois Piton National Park. We got back late to Ocean Star, all exhausted, feeling full and healthy from the many fruits and local foods fresh from Dominica – the green jewel of the Caribbean.