Hooray that Dean is finally disappearing, it’s sad to
hear of the losses in all of the affected places, and I hope the rainfall in
the mountains doesn’t cause too much mud/flood damage.
We had a few bursts of heavy rain, plus some thunder and
lightning in the last few hours of the night. The rain has just now
tapered off and all is still and quiet except for the pattering of drips from
the eaves. A little red blip on the radar image explains the reason for
this but it’s movin’ on out.
Otherwise, the weather has been stunningly beautiful here
for the past few days with the exception of some blue haze (volcanic gas
emissions) in some areas due to southerly winds on Tuesday. Brings a bit
of rotten egg smell to it, but it seems to be abating as the trade winds resume
their mission. The volcano is quiet otherwise, and effective yesterday,
another tranche of residents of Old Towne were allowed to move back into their
homes after 6 months evacuation. The crazy thing is that the Vue Pointe Hotel
is only being allowed to open but “without over-nighting guests”
(i.e., bar/restaurant only). I’m not sure what kind of hotel that
would be to not have anyone allowed to sleep there! Not expecting a grand
opening anytime soon with that sort of restriction!
I had the pleasure of making my first hike to the Dry
Waterfall yesterday (which was just trickling), at the beginning of Solider
Ghaut deep in the mountains. Wow, can’t believe I hadn’t been
there before, it’s a well kept secret – but I don’t think it’s
even a secret! It was reminiscent of some hikes in St. Lucia (up the Canaries
River) and Dominica
(Sari Sari Falls).
Hopefully the weather will cooperate on Saturday as some folks make a
long-awaited hike across the island via 3 mountain summits – beginning at
Jack Boy Hill and ending at the MVO and expected to take most of the day.
I told my boss I might have to take Monday off as a vacation day since I’m
not sure if I’ll be walking again by then…