Dominica: Indian River Cruise

The Indian River Cruise is on most tourists’ must-do list while they are in Portsmouth. Cruise ship passengers even make the trip on organized excursions. So, is it worth the time and money? While the Indian River Cruise is not high adventure, it is a relaxing and educational couple of hours. I’d recommend it for … Continue reading Dominica: Indian River Cruise

Road Trip to Calibishie

Curious about the north coast of Dominica (and hankering for some chocolate), we headed west from our accommodation towards Penville. The prior day had been overcast, rainy, and blustery, so we were looking for something to do that didn’t rely on blue skies and calm seas. From Portsmouth, if you drive north you’ll soon get … Continue reading Road Trip to Calibishie

Seahorses! Diving near Portsmouth

After moving to Portsmouth for our last few days on Dominica, we went on a dive trip. This dive day was a little more challenging. On the first dive I made the mistake of descending without enough weight. About halfway into the dive, which had gone really well, I kept ascending and then fighting it … Continue reading Seahorses! Diving near Portsmouth

Diving with Eels, Frogfish, and Jellyfish

Day Three of diving in Dominica included two different types of eels, a frogfish, little jellyfish stings, the camouflage wonder of the peacock flounder, and the sounds of humpback whales in the distance. What an exciting day! See the video overview here: https://youtu.be/buSjqUtHEKY A peacock flounder. Also a peacock flounder. Their camouflage is beautiful. A … Continue reading Diving with Eels, Frogfish, and Jellyfish

A quick walk to Trafalgar Falls

Our first stay on Dominica is at Papillote Wilderness Retreat, which is about a three minute walk from the entrance to Trafalgar Falls, a popular and iconic site. Shuttle buses full of tourists from cruise ships drive by every morning so that hundreds more photos can be taken and the national parks can collect a … Continue reading A quick walk to Trafalgar Falls

Middleham Falls: Earning a Waterfall Paradise

The trailhead. Compared to most people, Kevin and I do a lot of hiking during the summers in Colorado. A lot. But now I’m forced to recognize A) how incredibly out of shape I am (probably has something to do with caring for my father and his subsequent passing this past winter), and B) we … Continue reading Middleham Falls: Earning a Waterfall Paradise

Diving in Dominica: Day Two

The second day of diving, just like the second day of skiing, is so much better - I’ve worked out the kinks and can just relax. I rented a mask and dive computer and both worked like magic. We dove Scott’s Head Pinnacle, which is definitely one of the best fives I’ve ever done. There … Continue reading Diving in Dominica: Day Two

Bubbles! Champagne Reef in Dominica

Thursday’s adventure started out with me being just a little grumpy. Too hot. Too much time spent finding parking, getting a local SIM card, buying basics at 2 different grocery stores. Too much needing to pee! So by the time we got to Champagne Beach I wasn’t my best self. Kevin knows me well and … Continue reading Bubbles! Champagne Reef in Dominica

December visit to Page, Arizona

It turns out that December was a perfect time to take in the sites in Page, Arizona. Page is a small town in northeastern Arizona, just outside of the Grand Canyon. It’s off the beaten path, yet it has numerous chain hotels and fast food restaurants to accommodate the tourists. Lake Powell is just to … Continue reading December visit to Page, Arizona