On Valentine's Day, I went to a party hosted by a local matriarch, who is now over 80. She lost two husbands in the month of February, so now she remembers/celebrates every year by throwing a party. Even more impressive, she had made no less than 4 cakes for the event, along with other food. I tried 2 out of 4 and they were excellent...
|The cake buffet at "Aunty Jean's".|
The south coast of Jamaica is a lot less touristy, and very quiet. It reminded me a little of being in the desert in southern Arizona - at night it was sooo quiet - almost too quiet! Fortunately there was a donkey that hung about, along with some goats, and the donkey's braying every once in a while broke up the silence!
|YS Falls - there were several layers of these cascades...|
|Black River, where the river opens up to the sea|
|This may have been Margaret, then again it could have been Erika - all the crocodiles have territories and are named by the guides.|
|At Little Ochie - one of the huts you can sit in to eat.|
|Little Ochie was a family place, with lots of kids horsing around while waiting for their dinner.|
On our way back to Montego Bay, we drove through the windy roads of cockpit country. (Thanks to Scott's off-road driving training, we did fine!) We also stopped to visit the caves at Ipswich, which once had been a well established tourist attraction on the railroad line. The last trains stopped running in the 1980s, so today it was rundown and very isolated. It was an interesting opportunity to see some of Jamaica that is off the beaten track.
|The railway station at Ipswich, remarkably well preserved. (Photo credit to Phil)|
After all that, this weekend has been quiet in comparison: a little grocery shopping, a little bit of household chores. But have no fear, I have more adventures coming up soon!