Thursday, July 18, 2013

Falmouth, Jamaica

Next stop Falmouth, Jamaica. I have to admit this was the stop I was most excited about. Unfortunately we had to wait an extra hour because in the middle of the night the ship received a distress call and picked up two people from a sail boat caught out at sea. Kind of exciting! Since we got in so late everyone was in a big rush to get off the boat and find a tour guide to take us on our adventure. We practically sprinted through the welcoming plaza and I only got to snap a few pictures of the other's backsides.

Our tour guide was awesome. Full Jamaican. Great accent. He reminded us that in Jamaica there are no problems just situations. It became a joke for the rest of the trip. I sat in the back of the 15 passenger van making snide remarks with Justin. Seriously so funny and a great way to see the island. The houses in Jamaica are interesting. I thought they would all be shacks with rough roofs but most along the coast were made of cement and only half finished. Massive houses and almost all were unfinished.

We decided to try out climbing the falls and then on a lazy river ride.  The waterfalls were amazing. I have never done anything like it before and would do it again in a heartbeat. The only problem was having to stick together with the group, but that was fun too. We actually hiked through the middle of the falls, swimming and jumping in along the way. They shot a video of the entire trip but our personal pictures were so much better because it was just us. The water was freezing at first and then my body acclimated to it was the entire trip was enjoyable. I think the best part was watching Diane try not to get her hair wet, especially when the guides pushed her in. So funny. It took us about an hour to trek all the way to the top and I was ready to do it again right then but on we went to the next stop.

 We followed the road to a lazy river ride. I have never been tubing down the river so I thought it was really fun. In the jungle surrounded by trees with just two guides floating our group down the river. There were a few little rapids which were fun but mostly it was relaxing and beautiful. We stopped half way for a break to swim and swing on the rope swings. Filipe was hilarious on the river. Commenting on how beautiful and wonderful everything was. He was in his own little world and falling behind most of the time while the guides called back to him, "Philip Philip catch up to us." So funny. However I think the funniest part was a crazy guy at the beginning of the river that kept trying to get us to take a picture with him as he blew fire. Brianna was the only one daring enough to get close, and only because Justin pushed her closer to the guy. He was nuts.

 Once we were all back in the van we stopped by some little shops for souvenirs. I bought my mom two bracelets from a sweet women. Diane wanted a specific necklace but they only had it as a bracelet so they restrung the stones right there for her. And she got a sweet deal too.

 Justin was in search for a mango but they were wicked expensive so he settled for a tasty patty. Beef with cheese inside. I'm glad I waited to eat in the dinning room on the ship.


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Brian G Elliott said...
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Brian G Elliott said...

It seems you didn't get to see Falmouth at all. You were taken to Ocho Rios. I'm happy you had a great time, but next time we hop you really spend the day in Falmouth