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Swimming in pirate waters

Postby KarenS » Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:53 am

The water was cold, and the rocks slippery, but my husband, Larry, and I plunged quickly into the clear green pool, catching splashes on our faces from two nearby waterfalls. We were swimming at picturesque Ti Tou Gorge, deep in the lush tropical forest of Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-eek-a), at the very same spot where cannibals chased Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

We paddled into a dark freshwater cave and then through a narrow gorge, wide enough for only one body at a time. Notable because hot and cold streams converge and intermingle here, the crevice opened into a large pool of crystal water. We swam against the left wall of the cave to avoid underwater boulders that were close enough to the surface to scrape knees and feet. Another waterfall appeared, cascading down the wall ahead, creating a swirl of foam atop the clean water. Near the end I veered right and let the current push me toward the rock ledge where a guide grasped my hand so I could climb up.

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