Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Break: River Tubing, Falmouth, Jamaica

Our third and final stop on the cruise was Falmouth, Jamaica. We spent the day with the good folks at Chukka on the old Good Hope sugar plantation.

Many visitors chose to see the grounds of the plantation by horse drawn carriage, but we had something else in mind.

We spent the morning tubing
down the Martha Brae River.

It was just the lazy day we needed.

We didn't know it, but spring is the dry season in Jamaica, so the often fast-flowing river was very quiet. So quiet that our tubes were tied together and the guide had to paddle us down the river. At several of the shallower parts of the river our guide yelled, "Butts up!" We'd lift our hind ends so the tubes could more easily scrape across the rocks on the bottom of the river.

When we arrived we were expecting a faster river and individual tubes, but we still had a great day.

My daughter wasn't feeling well and a lazy float down the river was just the thing she needed after several very busy days.

And, there was room in the schedule for lizard hunting, which was just what my son needed. After watching these little guys running around, my son would have been furious if we hadn't had enough time for him to try and catch a few.


Suzanne said...

What a lovely way to spend the day as a family. We have a camping area up one of the Canyons where you can tube...but sometimes, the water is so low, you can only wade thru the rocks.

pam said...

Loved your images as I always do - but what I loved most is seeing the children in those wonderful hats - still have that very cool shot of your sweetheart and the children all in their hats and on their stomachs peering over the edge of the - well - peer!!!

Thinking you probably made these as well!