|The Boiling Lake really boils|
Que the dramatic music.....dum-dum-dum....
The Boiling Lake.
Here is a description -directly from the book Caribbean Hiking by M Timothy O'Keefe -
"This hike is awesome and deserves to be described in details. As the Caribbean's best hike, it deserves such recognition...and respect. The hike can be divided into three distinct phases. The first hour is deceptively easy, starting with a moderate 25-minute ascent, followed by some ups and downs until you reach the Breakfast River at the end of about 60 minutes of steady walking." "Phase II is a 45 minute walk up the side of Moren Nicholls, a steep and sometimes very slippery climb. Phase III is the slow, 45-60 minute scramble descent into the Valley of Desolation (which itself take only 5 to 10 minutes to cross) then another 30-45 minutes to reach the Boiling Lake."
However, the hike actually started at Titou Gorge and the many steps up that run next the gorge leading to Phase I.
Base layer of rainforest.
|In the clouds|
|At the top|
|Hiking down into the Valley of Desolation from the ridge above|
|Valley of Desolation|
|Head up towards the Boiling Lake|
Caribbean Hiking author M.Timothy O'Keefe's final words on this hike - "It was three days before my legs stopped hurting. Everyone on the hike reported similar conditions."
Our warm up hikes served us well, especially me (Sabrina). Even still, we were both tired and a bit sore. I had two days of sore muscles. Tom only had one day. However, sore muscles were well worth it. This hike is phenomenal. But wait....there's more. This hike was a big deal so I have another blog posting with additional details, personal thoughts and of course, pics. Lucky readers!