Gossamer Tapestry

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cruising to the Valley of Desolation

Dominica's Valley of Desolation

Yesterday, UrSpo posted a brief blurb about an upcoming trip. As is typical for us, next month we are doing our mid-winter escape from the cold with Spo and Someone. This year we are taking a Caribbean cruise. While the Spos are cruise veterans, this will be our first. This cruise was chose in part because one of the spots is the island of Dominica (pronounced dom-in-EE-ka), a place that Leon and I have visited (and loved) previously.

Shortly after I started blogging, I posted about my favorite ecosystems. The Valley of Desolation was one of them. Dominica is volcanic, and high up near the crater there is an area of fumeroles and hot springs. The vegetation is sparse because of the volcanic fumes. At the summit, there is a large boiling lake. Unfortunately, our stop at Dominica will be too short to allow us to hike there (it requires a full, long day of strenuous hiking to get to the summit and return). Nonetheless, we are planning to go off and do some of our own exploring rather than participate in a group activity on the island. I got on a web site specifically about hiking in Dominica and found the perfect hike:
These sulphur springs at Soufriere are a mini-Valley of Desolation. Features a wide area devoid of vegetation due to the fumes and streams of boiling hot water. The area also has a network of trails worth exploring. Recently a large pool has been built where you can soak in the warm waters!
Sounds perfect. Once again, we are taking a trip where Spo can get tossed into a volcano if he misbehaves.

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At 16:56, Blogger rcwbiologist said...

You are going to post and publish pictures of that hike right? I thought so.

At 19:00, Anonymous Lemuel said...

A movie in the works? 'Spo and the Volcano? I wonder if Tom Hanks is busy. :)

At 10:32, Blogger Ur-spo said...

DougT doesn't realize prior to him pushing into me into any volcano he is getting pushed off the starboard side of the cruise ship.

kiss kiss douglas.

At 11:53, Blogger Doug Taron said...

rcw- Of course I'll blog with lots of photos. It looks like this one will be like the Sierra trip, in that I'll have to blog once I get back. I don't think I'll have much Internet access down there.

Lem- Spo is MUCH hotter than that Hanks fellow. I think that someone like Brad Pitt might have to take on that role.

UrSpo- But if I get tossed overboard, who will protect you from the Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula?

At 06:20, Anonymous pablo said...

I think you're supposed to throw virgins into volcanoes. I'm not sure what the consequences would be if that's not what's done.

I'll watch the news.

At 17:26, Blogger rodger said...

Oh, oh, oh...girlfight! I hold your purses.

At 17:28, Blogger rodger said...

Whoops, that should be "I'll" hold your purses.

You'd think I'd have learned to proofread by now. Do'h!

At 18:54, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Pablo- I'll let Urspo comment on his suitability for volcano tossing. It may come down to semantics.

Rodger- OK. Be careful of mine, that's where the tarantula is.

At 19:36, Anonymous Jyoti said...

Best wishes for the trip...

At 13:44, Blogger rodger said...

"Pablo- I'll let Urspo comment on his suitability for volcano tossing. It may come down to semantics."

...or time...I hear it grows back. ;)

At 16:55, Anonymous Mark H said...

Oh my. NOW WE have to go on that cruise not for the scenery, but for the fabulous Lucy/Ethel fights we get to watch.


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