Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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East Side Concord, Dominica, Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:20am

Our plan for today was to drive down the east coast, around the south end of the island and out to Scott's Head, a promontory that we did some dives around.

We started out with a visit to the Kalinago Barana Autê, a set of structures that show how the Kalinago people lived in pre-Columbian times. We took a short walking tour with a guide who showed us various alimentary and medicinal plants they used, and got to see cassava bread being made. It's pretty tasty, particularly with coconut mixed in, so we got a round of it to snack on throughout the day.

The next stop was the Emerald Pool, which is the most touristy place we've seen on the island outside of the cruise ship docks. There's a nice stroll through the rainforest to a waterfall cascading into a pool full of green water and tourists.

The road to the south became rougher and rougher, and we had to stop briefly near the Boetica Gorge where earthmovers were working on the approach to a bridge. After a turn, we saw a minibus sitting right in the center of the road, and got out to take a look. It turned out that the next section of road had been destroyed in Tropical Storm Erika in August, and there's currently no way to drive around the island that way.

I just made my first edit to OpenStreetMap to mark that. Garmin (the company that makes my GPS) doesn't sell a map for Dominica, but OSM makes their data available in the right format, which has been really handy.