Kir McLinn

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  • Day129

    Hike to the Boiling Lake IV

    January 27, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Yes, it boils, yes, you should not fall into it and no, it’s not always full. Apparently this decade it’s higher than usual (in 1988 it stopped boiling and dropped by 29 feet). I find it interesting to say “usual” because the scientists don’t actually know how deep the lake is. There are steep walls packed by loose rock. The edge of the lake is a mixture of pumice and clay. It’s said to be about 200 degrees F. and it only gets hotter towards that grey blue middle, bubbling like a witches cauldron. We ate lunch here then said our farewells to the boiling lake. Our return hike was far clearer and provided us with beautiful surrounding vistas. We also passed other hikers on our return. We were the first to arrive and enjoyed the lake all to ourselves.Read more

  • Day129

    Hike to the Boiling Lake III

    January 27, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We passed a few hot springs which were very inviting and yet still maintained that lingering sulfur smell. And once we had hiked over mountains and traversed hot rivers we arrived at the second largest boiling lake in the world….. Boiling Lake.

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    Hike to the Boiling Lake II

    January 27, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We cautiously climbed over narrow muddy footholds that descended into the valley of desolation. This was super neat! As in, when I looked up to see the valley of desolation, I had truly NEVER seen anything like it in my life. I saw pictures online but it didn’t do it justice. The gaseous ground, did, reminded me of a scene in the cat/dog movie of Milo & Otis (kudos to anyone who remembers that childrens movie. I watched that movie on my Dads lap in 17 Rising Lane Long Island NY when I was a kid). The smell of sulfur was so strong you could taste it and when the wind changed and the steam rolled into your face you could feel and taste it. Joy… Mike and I wore our chaos sandals so our feet could feel the heat of the earth beneath us… which I found a little…. intimidating. The earth was cakey and almost sponge-like in some areas. In the stream some people have been known to cook a raw egg…. I didn’t see the appeal in that.
    The photo of all the steam is a fumarole, a crack, which gas escapes. Since the last major eruption was 800 AD… I’m not terribly concerned.

    Anyway. Another great sight was the fact we saw a black stream… a lot of them in fact. Created out of basalt. The other streams of green, grey, and white… I’m less sure of but hot dang! they sure are cool looking.
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  • Day129

    Hike to the Boiling Lake I

    January 27, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    The following day Mike, Lisa, and I met our guide, Martin, at 6:30 AM ! Poor poor Mike, he doesn’t fair well in the mornings (but he did well that day….). Martin drove us an hour South near Rosseau. We started the hike on a well maintained path, though, still an arduous climb up. All four of us were breathing hard as we climbed right into the clouds.DSC_0543 Extreme drop offs were on either side of us and when there was a break in the trees and brush, jets of wind funneled over the cliffside. The force of which, nearly knocked your body back. I looked back several times unsure if Lisa would fly away. We suddenly found ourselves on the summit about 3,000 feet up but with zero view due to the clouds. I took a picture but it didn’t come out 😉 (sorry, that was Kirsten humor…) We then, began to decline over a ridge into what opened up to be the first of the two calderas! It was fantastically green and the rocks held so much iron. These calderas are thought to have been created 40,000 and 35,000 years ago.Read more

  • Day128

    Calibishie for a Day

    January 26, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    I saw a fern that was bright yellow on the other side of the plant. We found out, if you place it flat against your skin, it'll make a really neat temporary natural tattoo.
    We met the owner of a chocolate factory.... factory, pictured below....
    Before we hailed the last bus we enjoyed a few beers.

  • Day128

    Red Rocks III

    January 26, 2016 in Dominica ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    We continued to follow our new guide the red rocks ranger to a black sand beach.
    I had never experienced a black sand beach and found it to be something greater than a beautiful piece of land.... the sand had magnetism to it.... it's denser than the usual white sand we see so when it sinks in water, the water remains clear and you watch it sink immediately.
    Warning cliche moment coming up.... If ever you visit a black sand beach.... take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes. It's unlike anything else.
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