For yesterday's visit, I expressed an interest in exploring the northern end of the island. There is a bus route from Portsmouth to the village of Capuchin, on the northwestern edge of Dominica. Capuchin got its name because at one time, a group of Capuchin monks established a settlement there. While the monks eventually left, their name became attached to the village. By the way, Capuchin monks wear simple brown robes with hoods—the brown color is why the coffee and milk drink that is popular today is called “cappuccino” (not that I drink it). Some of you might also be aware of Capuchin monkeys, which were also named after this Catholic order.Scotts Head in the south to Cabrits National Park in the north. It is the longest hiking trail in the Caribbean. The name Waitukubuli comes from the original name for this island—before Christopher Columbus arrived on a Sunday (which led him to call it Dominica, the Latin name for Sunday). Waitukubuli means “tall is her body” which refers to the high mountains here that are readily visible to anyone approaching the island.
We took a hike on the trail in order to see some of those tall cliffs on the north coast. It was fun hiking through the woods. There was a nice creek that bordered the trail for awhile. Once we crossed it and climbed the hill, we were eventually where the cliffs begin. Below is a picture of the breathtaking view. It was impossible for me to capture the top of the mountain and still show the coastline.