Limin’ in Dominica Part 3-A Day at Champagne Bay

To Lime or Lymn’: is to relax, hang out or take it easy in Caribbean island slang

A new clothesline that I have experimented with-Do you like this photograph as a painting idea or a photo idea?
When we travel in foreign countries, 9 times out of 10 we don’t rent a car to sightsee. We do this because we don’t want to miss any of the subtle sights that we may see along the road, not to mention driving in formerly British ruled countries (and Japanese) you have the steering wheel on the right and you drive on the left—it can become very confusing especially when you meet a roundabout in the road. There is also a bonus in having a guide or driver of learning more about the sights and culture of the country we are visiting. Since the Rosalie Bay Eco Resort provided tours for hire, we gladly took advantage of having a car and driver.
The Atlantic side of the island where we were staying was treacherous for swimming, so we decided to take a day trip to an area on the Caribbean side called Champagne Bay. I like sitting in the back seat by the window so that I can slide across the seat to grab as many pictures as I can with my iPhone 12 ProMax. On this trip I decided I did not want to worry about my good DSLR camera plus I don’t like the weight of carrying it, even though it is small. To reach the bay we had to drive more circuitous roads across the island’s spine again and end up passing the island’s Canefield Airport, a second smaller airport than the one we arrived at. The road went along the shore for a while passing the shipping terminals and  the remains of a cargo ship washed ashore during Hurricane Maria.

We then drove through the center of Roseau (row-zhow), before winding through many small towns and villages along the mountainous coast before arriving at Champagne Bay National Preserve. There were many interesting sites-especially the hillsides covered with brightly colored houses.

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hampagne Bay is at the base of some mountainous cliffs that run into the sea. We had to walk down some very steep stairs before reaching a beach area that had a small restaurant and some snorkel renting concessions. One of the scenes from the movie ”Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed there. Aaron,our snorkel guide supplied us with gear. I had also brought along a plastic water resistant pouch so my phone could go along with me. We tested the water security of the pouch before diving and found that it would work. (It would keep the phone dry but one of its cameras was partially obscured by the case). We swam out to the offshore reef and observed many different kinds of sponges and corals. Aaron would swim down and point them out to us

We saw many different kinds of fish including a pair of reef squid. One of the unusual features of these reefs was the constant stream of bubbles eminating from the reef floor due to the geothermal activity. It was named the Bubbles Reef because of that feature.
As we were swimming back to the shore I began to feel a series of small stings on my thighs.they hurt! Back on shore Aaron had some white vinegar that was sprayed on my legs to stop the pain. He told me they were from Sea Lice, microscopic jellyfish that swim in undetectable swarms. I spent the next few days afterwards treating the itching and nasty rash that came from them! When it was time to go, Mono, my travel monkey had his picture taken with Aaron.

We then hopped in the car and drove further south to through the town of Soufrieré and its brightly colored homes to Scotts Head, the southernmost point of Dominica. I found more clotheslines along the way for future painting inspiration.

We had lunch at a seaside Restaurant called “Chez Wen”. Zahir, our guide and driver had to call our order in in advance based on what was available that day. I had a luncheon of shrimp cooked in coconut milk.

We sat and watched the locally made fishing boats drive in with their catches of the day. Here are some of their handmade fishing boats.

After lunch we drove up a narrow rock strewn two track road up to the top of Scotts Head. A former volcano, Scotts Head served as a fort during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It provided a beautiful view of the Scotts Head village and the coastline.

(Zahir and Mono)

Since it was one of the highest places around, it was also the home of a cell tower that was built behind a cross that had existed on the island

We drove back down the mountainside and headed back to Rosalie Bay the same way we came in. School had let out and it was fun to watch the school children  in their colorful uniforms as they were getting our of school for the weekend.

We arrived back at the Resort at dinnertime and after a shower and a meal called it a day.


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