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Archive for May, 2009


view of soufriere village in Dominica

Unlike the first hike of Hikefest 2009 – the Chemin Letang trail, where it rained for 3 hours straight, the Morne Vert Loop from Soufriere and ended at Soufriere Sulphur Springs was definitely one of the better hikes I’ve been on for quiet awhile.

The weather conditions on the day was ideal for hiking; not too hot but still clear enough to catch some spectacular views.

Morne Vert is located near the south coast of the island and the Soufriere Sulphur Springs.The area has an abundance of geological, as well as cultural history. A perfect example is the Bois Cotellete plantation is one of the oldest estates on the island, which dates back to 1700’s.The ruins are still there. Also apart of trail is the Palmiste Estate – an ancient track which was used by Kalinago Indians.

From the summit of Morne vert the trail continues down into the village of Tete Morne where there are breathtaking views down to Soufriere village. From the opposite side, you can see much of the south coast of Dominica- for example Grand Bay, etc

Hikers Note: Morne Vert Loop trail has been designated an intermediate level of difficulty hike.The terrain varies at time and can be quite steep in certain areas. Climate can be very hot and dry in this location and the smell of sulphur can be strong at times in some areas on trail.

Will I trek Morne Vert Loop Again?

To be honest, I will do this hike again any day of the week – that’s how much I’ve fallen in love with the trail and the southern part of the island.

So whether you’re an avid hiker or someone who is just starting out, the Morne Vert Loop trial has something interesting for every outdoor lover.

Here are images and short video from the trial, enjoy!

historic mill in Dominica

hikers on the morne vert loop trail

Dominica hikers

bois cotellete plantation

forest-trail

 view of grandbay village

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All the good which the West Indies cricketers might have done just over a month ago here in the warm, tropical climate of the Caribbean, evaporated in a matter of days in the cold, wintry weather of England. For the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Team it’s back to the drawing broads.

The comprehensive 2-0 defeat, both well within the five days of the Test matches, to the old enemy on their own territory could hardly have been surprising.

Not only did it put a stop to the positive advances which Chris Gayle’s team made in the Caribbean, it sent the WICB and windies team back to square one.

The truth of the matter is leadership, both on and off the field, is lacking. As a people we are finding it difficult to attract the right caliber of players – those with a renewed and meaningful spirit that will make a conscious effort to improve the standard of the game in the region, and to lead us out of our current dilemma.

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Liverpool sound city 2009

By chance, if you’re near the St Peter’s Square in Liverpool, England on Saturday 23rd May from around 12noon to 7pm – go checkout Nelly Stharre and Nasio Fontaine live at the LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY 2009.

It’s a free event, so please go out and show your support to two of Dominica’s top musicians. For more information visit Liverpool Sound City 2009 website.

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