a hike in the rainforest

Saba rainforest

A real vacation, we said, and this time last week, we were hiking through rainforest on a small Caribbean island.

Saba rainforest

Saba rainforest

Saba rainforest

The forest floor was mossy, that greenest of green,

Saba rainforest

strewn with leaves as big as both our hands, as if the trees were operating on another scale as they grew from the volcanic rock,

Saba rainforest

and small white flowers, fallen from mountain cabbage plants (that lean on the sides of trees) dotted the path.

Saba rainforest

We were quiet, using sticks to guard against mudslide areas, and a little talked out – as happens when you have whole days to dream aloud together.

Saba rainforest

Suddenly, up ahead a goat appeared, as if to guide us through,

Saba rainforest

leading us into the sun,

Saba rainforest

to a good vantage point on the island’s runway, the shortest in the world.

Saba rainforest

Back in the rainforest, we felt as though we might never emerge, the way true vacations transport you from the life you know.

Soon after, we would glimpse translucent fish, pearlescent coral, and a sea turtle in a protected marine park dive in blue, blue water, and eat local Wahoo and Red Snapper our guide had caught.

Just then, though, was all green,

Saba rainforest

and we found spider webs. You know how I feel about spider webs…

Saba rainforest

If you do visit tiny Saba, the Queen’s Gardens Resort is the place to stay. We were well looked after; the property managers’ competence is unparalleled. The entire island is an excellent example of ecotourism. Thanks to K for a beautiful week.

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