This day was absolutely incredible. It was our day to relax and take it all in, and wow was there a lot to experience. We began the day at YS Falls, a beautiful nature preserve with waterfall and natural pools, it was beautiful. You can hike to the top, swing from a rope swing, or just relax in an inner tube. Chris even got to zipline over the falls, which was quite an adventurous opportunity. We spent our morning there, in awe of how beautiful it all was.
After the falls, we headed to the Riverside Dock restaurant for lunch. Unfortunately it started pouring, and our trip down the river was in great danger of being canceled. We had planned on traveling up the Black River a ways to see if we could spot some crocs, but the weather was not very accommodating. At Stephanie's suggestion we decided to wait out the storm, and thank goodness we did! We finally boarded the lil dingy and headed upstream, spotting a few shy crocs along the way.
After the river tour, we headed out to sea with Captain Dennis. Our trip was almost over but we had one last stop, The Pelican Bar, and I have to say it was quite possibly the coolest place I have ever been. It is hard to describe how special this place is, but lets just say it was a magical spot. We were greeted warmly by the 3 man staff, I'm sure they don't get a whole lotta traffic way out in the middle of the ocean!
Picture a bar a mile offshore in the Caribbean ocean, made of palm leaves and crude wood branches. You pull up in your boat and dock by the stairs, then venture inside the small hut for a refreshment. Because the bar is located on a sandbar, if you get hot you can walk right down the stairs into the water with your beverage and enjoy the view.We were fortunate enough to be in this amazing locale for sundown, and the sunset that day was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life. Even the locals agreed there had not been a sunset like that one in a long time. As we realized the trip was quickly coming to an end, just as the sun was quickly disappearing into the ocean, we all got a bit nostalgic. Stephanie had told us at the beginning of our week in Jamaica that our goodbyes were going to be teary eyed, and now we could see that she was right. it has been an incredible journey, and none of us were quite ready for it to end. But, as the sun must set, we had to say goodbye, and to make it less sad we said what the Jamaicans say, "lata, mon" until next time...