|View from Les Mamelle toward Pointe a Pitre|
Today we explored the western side of Guadeloupe or the western butterfly wing. This side has mountains running all through the middle - north to south. The north mountains are part of the Foret Departmentalo-Domainiale. The southern mountains make up Parc National De La Guadeloupe.
|Smoked chicken patie|
|Bamboo lined narrow road that narrows more ahead (see sign) and sugar cane truck|
|YES - We hiked up to the top|
|Pretty purple flower of some sort|
|Interesting foliage in the rainforest|
|HUGE leaves in the rainforest|
|Thermal power plant|
|Best chocolate to date|
|Cacao pods growing|
|Beans drying -left side new, right side dried|
|Roasted beans, cracked, nibs - grinder above|
|Tom tasting the warm chocolate drink|
With our brains high on chocolate, we headed up into the hills in search of Le Saut d'Acomat (Acomat Waterfall). We were learning that the roads up to these trail heads are generally very narrow - like less than two lane and often one lane only - for both in and out traffic! And often through narrow, hilly, residential areas. For those from Kansas City, think West Plaza with it's narrow streets, lined with parked cars and then add steep hills - that was often our road. Good thing most cars here are tiny.
|Road in and out|
|My wingspan is wider than the car|
|Road narrows - MORE?|
|The steep part|
|Tom on the left|
|Tom cooling off his head|
What a fun day.