Sunday, May 3, 2009

"WALKING UP A WATERFALL"

While vacationing in Jamaica in March of 1982 I took a day trip from Montego Bay by motorcoach to Ocho Rios. On the way we stopped at a church made of wood and painted white. As we got off the motorcoach we were approached by a group of local Jamaicans that were trying to sell us all sorts of crafts and other things. Most memorable to me; one boy had a small string of dead fish that he wanted to sell us. I felt sorry for this boy but couldn't see what I would do with a string of dead fish on a motorcoach and didn't want to carry around these fish even though the motorcoach had air conditioning. So, I had to pass on the dead fish even though I probably could have bought them for a good price. Without even a hot plate or small refrigerator in the hotel room at the Holiday Inn Rose Hill; I didn't want to have to eat these warm fish raw.

After the church we proceeded to Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Dunn's River Falls was featured in the first James Bond film "Dr. No". As we departed the motorcoach we met our guides as we got ready to visit and walk up the waterfall. Our guides were local Jamaican men who all had long dreadlocks and were listening to reggae music. With our guides in the lead, we all held hands and walked up the falls walking up the rocks and pools along the way. Some of our guides were smoking a native herb as we proceeded up the falls. Everyone on the trip was high when we reached the top of this famous waterfall.