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View from the start of Chemin Letang Trail - Hike Fest 2009

View from the start of Chemin Letang Trail - Hike Fest 2009

Hike fest 2009 begun on Saturday may 2nd with a breathtaking hike through the historic Chemin Letang Trail, passing through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, via the freshwater Lake and finished up at the International EcoFest at Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge.

Chemin Letang trail or lake road goes back to the days when Caribs use to track across the island. The trail was cut and improved during the colonial time, as it was the main route across Dominica by land, although many people and much produce went by sea instead.

The trail is mainly downhill, if you starting from the Freshwater Lake, and will take most hikers about 2 1/2 – 3 hours to complete. On a bright and sunny day you experience breathtaking views of the Atlantic surf in the distance, and exotic mountain views but besides that trail is mainly in the forest. On a rainy day, you experience very misty conditions, the rocks are extra slipper and a lot of mud.

I have too warn you, the trail runs at near cloud level cross the interior of the island – so there is a very strong chance of rainfall during the hike, I suggest that you extra precautions especially if you’re carrying with your “Nikon” digital cameras and cellphones – chances are water will get into them. Don’t do like me, unfortunately I had to learn the hard way. But all-in-all Chemin Letang trail is a great way to see first hand how the Carib Indians traveled across Dominica.

Whether or not I will hike the Chemin Letang Trail again – most definitely! But I just pray that it’s not raining next time. 😎

Here are some scenes from trail – starting from the Fresh Water Lake in Laudat:

View of the Fresh Water Lake - Hike Fest 2009

A view of the Fresh Water Lake - Hike Fest 2009

Mist over the Fresh Water Lake

Mist over the Fresh Water Lake - So exotic!

River running across the trail

River running across the trail

One of the many waterfalls on the chemin letang trail

One of the many waterfalls we encounted along the trail

The video above gives an idea how it’s like walking Chemin Letang Trail.

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It is not a pleasant experience, but there will be times in our lives when we come across people who do not like us, and likewise we are going to meet people we don’t like. Take example the situation with the Carib Chief Charles Williams and the Carib Council members, who are still disgruntled about their failed attempts to remove him as Carib Chief. While there are many Caribs who like the leadership style of Carib Chief – there are many who don’t favor his leadership style.

As we know, like attracts like, so usually when someone don’t like us it is because they are not like us. Rather than taking it personally, we can let them be who they are, accepting that each of us allow to have different perspectives and opinions. It’s only when we give others that freedom or level of respect, we claim it for ourselves as well, releasing ourselves from this stereotypical thinking that others must approve of our actions; gives more energy toward more rewarding pursuits.

While approval from other is a nice feeling, when we come to depend on it we may lose our sense of direction in our life. There are those who will not like us no matter what we do, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with us.

They may see in us something that is merely a projection of their understanding, but we have no control over the interpretations of others. The best we can do is to hope that the role we play in the script of their lives is helpful to them, and follow our own inner guidance with integrity.

There are so many benefits of walking our own path; we grow to appreciate the feeling of fully being ourselves. The need to have everyone like us will be replaced by the excitement of discovering that we are attracting like-minded individuals into our lives—people who like us because they understand and appreciate the truth of who we are.

My advice to Chief Williams and others in this similar situation is to free your self from trying to twist into shapes that will fit the spaces provided by others’ limited understanding and gain a new sense of freedom, allowing us to expand into becoming exactly who we’re meant to be…fully and freely individuals.

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Winter Sun, an online travel column in the UK Telegraph Newspaper has chosen 10 destinations that answers the needs of 10 types of vacationers who have but one thing in common. They like it hot ❗ Dominica was chosen second by Winter Sun destinations for its dramatic natural landscapes and lush greenery. Here is why Dominica was chosen as the 2nd Winter Sun destination.

To experience the Caribbean’s natural landscapes at their most dramatic. Rent a Jeep, put on your walking boots and you will discover a towering interior covered in dense rainforest, thundering waterfalls and hidden, boiling lakes. Guides will take you to spots where you can view rare wild parrots and agouti (giant rodents), but you can also rely on visits from hummingbirds at the island’s eco-friendly guesthouses. Dominica does have some spectacular beaches on its north coast, but they are likely to be a long drive from where you will be staying. The beaches and the island’s welcoming Caribs – the Caribbean’s last remaining indigenous tribe, with its own protected territory – appeared in the recent Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Aside from being green and beautiful, 2008 is a good year to visit Dominica, as Dominica celebrates it’s 30 year Reunion of independence from Britain, with events, such as a national hike, running throughout the year. If you’re wondering – how can I get to Dominica? Fly to one of the main Caribbean islands, such as Antigua or Puerto Rico, and then take an inter-island flight on to Dominica. With a good connection, total traveling time is about 11 hours on a good day. 😎

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