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Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

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Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

trip report follows in subsequent message.

i sumbitted a review to TA as well but i don't think it's live yet.

keywords: Talk of the Town Tours, TOTT, Negril, Rockhouse, Pirate's Cave, Hungry Lion, HiLo, LTU pub, Sips & Bites, Little Bay, Bat Caves, Nine Mile, Schools, Donations, Map Project, 3 Dives, Tours

enjoy everyone.

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1. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Sunday 11/19/2006

We woke up at 4am to be picked up at 5am and brought our stuff downstairs to wait for the car service. Said goodbye to the “kids” - bammy and callaloo (our cats). Got to the airport with plenty of time, overweight bags would pay an extra $50 and we were a little concerned about it because we had a TON of school supplies we were bringing for a few school visits with soloman and sienna of Talk of the Town Tours.

After an uneventful security check at Logan Intl Airport in Boston we made our way to the gate - USAir was offering some upgrades on both the philly leg and the mobay leg - we took the opportunity to upgrade on the longer MoBay leg as i'm 6'5” and the extra legroom is greatly welcomed.

Arrived in MoBay several hours later and met soloman after making our way through immigration, again without incident. It was sprinkling rain on the way to Negril and there was a bit of overcast skies - soloman said that a cold front was moving in so our timing was good to experience the infamous carribean tropical depressions!

Negril was starting to get ready for the Christmas season and there were many people out and about cleaning up the roadsides and resort properties... upon arrival at rockhouse we discovered that our pleas via email to obtain our desired villa (#5) were heard and the porter escorted us there promptly. We were greeted on our arrival by a small gift of a blue mountain coffee candle and a nice note welcoming us back for another season. very nice touch!

On our last visit to Rockhouse it was just after one of the big hurricanes last season and the garden beds in front of the villa were all dirt and just being replanted during our stay - now they were veritable jungles of lush growth! all that growth in such a short time (11months) - it would take several years in the northeast to see that kind of performance in landscape plants.

Had dinner that first evening at Sips & Bites next door and both Rona and Doreen remembered us from the previous year and were happy to have us back. Renie had the stew beef and a red stripe, with curried chicken and a cold sour sop for myself. Dinner with tip was about $1300J - such a great deal. :)

Ran across the street for some more red stripes to stock the mini-bar and settled in for the night.

Monday 11/20/2006

Woke up this morning to the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks - the storm front was moving in. Called room service for a pot of coffee and some banana bread and spent some time chillin on the patio watching the waves - got some good pics and video of all the action. Bill was around $1300J for the coffee and bread - then headed back to sips and bites for jamaican breakfast. The place was full this monday morning with lots of locals and taxi drivers but we found a seat and talked with doreen a bit. Had ackee and saltfish, callaloo, dumpling, yam, festival with coffee, sorrel and soursop juice. All was great - we had been looking forward to this for almost a year...again, about $1300J for the meal. Bought some digicel cards and more red stripes to replenish the previous night's consumption.

Back at the villa just hanging out and getting started on some of the books we brought ran into our housekeeper michelle - who also remembered us from last season, and was wearing a bracelett we had given her last year! - we had brought in addition to the school supplies alot of cosmetic jewelry, bath essentials and other small items for her... she was so pleased and throughout the rest of the trip we became quite close friends spending a half hour or so each morning just talking and getting to know each other.

Went to have lunch down by the pool but the area was closed due to the high seas so we took a light lunch at the main restaurant instead - rum drinks, coconut shrimp, and we split a red snapper sandwich with fries - all told about $50US - quite the difference when compared to sips and bites and other local fare. although the sandwich was excellent.

Later checked out a new pavillion on the easternmost end of the property - still under construction we're told that this will be a new Sunset bar open to the public - it's quite a large area and should prove popular with tourists when complete.

Tuesday 11/21/2006

Woke up to waves crashing on the cliffs and overcast skies at 6am. Met soloman out front around 7am to begin the journey to Nine Mile. I had been here years ago, but Renie had not seen it and being consumate reggae fans we felt the pilgrimage was important. One of the front desk attendants was from the nine mile area and mentioned that the weather was much better up in the mountains... no rain, just some wind. We grabbed our duffle bags of school supplies and headed out. Soloman had brought his brother patrick to join us for the day. the ride to nine mile was quite nice through the countryside, through mobay and toward ochi before we took a right turn off the highway and up up up into the hills... near our destination we stopped at the Cedella Marley Booker Basic School - as soon as we entered the gated yard we were mobbed by dozens of the wonderfully precocious young children - they were hugging renie and taking our hands, leading us into the classroom. We unloaded our bounty to the principal and teachers so as not to set the crowd of children into an uncontrolable frenzy and spent a good deal of time playing and talking with the kids - they loved having their pictures taken and then looking at the screen on the back of the Digicam. We signed the school register and got the mailing address and names of the teachers so we could send back copies of the photos for them upon our return.

Off to the Bob Marley mausoleum and grounds from here - grabbed a red stripe in the bar while waiting for “Crazy” who would be our tour guide. :) Very nice production and worth the drive if you're a marley fan. beautiful grounds with many of the original structures still standing and more construction underway. Saw some of bob's early houses, his bedroom and where he spent some of his quiet time - the mausoleum was very moving... a beautiful italian marble crypt with various offerings and tokens left behind by his fans and followers.. bought some sourveniers for our friends back home and grabbed some stones from the grounds for a real fan Renie works with.... afterwards headed across the street to a small ital restaurant for some vegetable stew with rice - one of the most satisfying meals of the trip! Picked up an older rastaman on our way back to negril and dropped him off in the center of town on our way.. Stopped at Mel's fish restaurant for a quick redstripe as we got past MoBay.

Went to 3 dives for dinner that night - walked down the west end road from rockhouse - nice night tho the seas were still quite rough - almost no real rain the entire trip - just some overcast skies and the pounding waves... had some more red stripes and jerk chicken - a little feral kitten couldn't have been more than a few weeks old was running around our legs and meowing - very cute and reminded us of our bammy and callaloo back home. Meal was a few thousand J's or so. Ran into Jah Bunny at 3 dives selling some earrings - he had friend in boston print his business cards for him and he gave us a few and told us his jewelry was going to be at a craft fair on cape cod back near us in the spring and he was so excited to meet us - every trip we are simply amazed by the humble generosity and good nature of the jamaican people. :)

Walking back to rockhouse ran into Joseph, the rasta who worked the craft stalls across from rockhouse - he was now working a small red stripe bar a few doors down and after some prompting, he too remembered us from the previous trip and welcomed us back to Negril.

Wednesday 11/22/2006

Woke up early this morning to the crashing surf - security was going around making sure everyone was okay and moving the lounge chairs and umbrellas up off the lower platforms to higher ground - the tropical depression was probably at it's peak by this time and the waves were really crashing against the cliffs - the pool was being overtaken by pounding waves every few minutes and it was quite the spectacle to have front row seats from our cliffside villa to this exquisite display by mother nature.

Another breakfast this morning with rona and dorreen at sips&bites - ackee, saltfish and all the fixings with sorrel, sour sop and a pot of coffee.

Back at the room talked with michelle for a bit before her day off the next day. Andrea would be doing our room tomorrow so we fixed up a nice gift bag for her before we forgot. Called home and caught up with the petsitter and a few friends and to let them know we were fine in this minor cold front disturbance. :) Did some window shopping across the street today and made an appointment to return in a day or so for some things that they didn't have in the sizes we needed. So very friendly they asked our names and remembered them a few days later when we returned.

Back at the rockhouse the storm was in full swing but rockhouse staff was on top of it and made every accomodation to their guests necessary to make them comfortable and ensure a good time. the lounge area was open and busy with the canvas awnings drawn to hold back the salty spray from the waves... ran into a gentleman from the UK named Sly who was staying on the beach this trip and had headed up the cliffs to get away from the surf and wind. He asked about the accomodations and what the villas were like so we took him on a short tour and showed him our villa. I think he'll be spending his next visit on the West End based upon his reaction to the villa and it's views.

Tonite for dinner walked the west end road up to LTU pub - got there just before the rush and before the peanut man came by. Had their excellent pumpkin soup out on the cliffside patio - no rain tonite and the overcast skies made for an interesting sunset. Red stripes and planter's punch, chicken loca and jerk chicken skewers. A very good and reasonable meal - a few thousand J's.

Walking back we bought a red stripe from a man selling on the side of the road and met the gentlemen running the Rush Inn - a new restaurant/bar. real nice people. to those of you intimidated by the west end road - you need not be. it's fairly well lit, the people are wonderful and more laid back than those you might meet on the beach. walk against the traffic so you can jump out of the way of the numerous taxis and busses headed back and forth between rick's cafe. you'll hear lots of honking and asking for rides but there's no pressure, and the walk from rockhouse to ltu is level if not straight and an enjoyable one.

Thanksgiving Day, 11/23/2006

Didn't sleep to well last night - waves crashing and pounding non-stop and echoing through the caves under rockhouse and pirates cave. today we were headed south to Little Bay with soloman for a quiet, restful day in the countryside. Not a far drive from negril but a world away - small, quiet fishing village that has virtually no tourism development - just our speed. On the way stopped at a basic school in little london and had much the same experience as we did in nine mile. the teachers were so gracious, the children so adorable and the supplies we brought so appreciated. :) Signed the register and exchanged addresses so we could mail them the pictures we took. then it was off to little bay - now i had heard that this road was nearly impassable but that was not the case with soloman at the wheel - being familiar with the area i believe he took a back way in that avoided the worst of the roads - passing the racetrack where american racers recently held a big race and down off pavement into the washed out, rutted gravel roads leading in to this beautifully peaceful fishing community.

Arrived at Romie's, the local restaurant and villa property for a quick red stripe and to place our lunch orders and soon enough Tyrone ,a local youth who would be our personal guide for the day, showed up. he took us on a lesiurely walk up the road and into the “jungle” to see the bat caves on property owned by his family. I don't know what i was expecting here but the singletrack trail through the lush tropical growth was amazing and eventually, after a short hike, we reached the mouth of the cave. what an amazing piece of natural history! this cave is populated by harmless fruit bats and you could hear them and barely see them flitting about way above our heads. the cave ceiling was probably 30 feet or more high and we walked deep into the darkness. deep inside the cave you could see sunlight coming in through openings on the earth's surface many feet above our heads and the roots from trees near these openings had sent down roots over the course of made decades to reach all the way to the cave floor. it was quite beautiful and inspirational. Tyrone told of having moonlight parties in the cave in his youth with the moonlight shining down through these “skylights”... after a good deal of time just exploring the extent of the cave system we emerged back into daylight and made a quick trip over to the nearby All Ages school for a visit. this was an unscheduled visit we had not planned on and we had thus given away all of our school and health supplies at the previous two schools but the principal at this school was so accomodating. This school normally held around 125 students from the little bay area from preschool to grade 5 or 6. The principal took us from classroom to classroom and had the students stand and address us as Mr. Russell and Ms. Irene. lol. They were studying climate and the principal asked me if i would give a short lesson to the class on our climate back home and answer questions from the students and i eagerly agreed. a few students grabbed a world atlas poster and held it at the front of the room as i told them i was from north america... they found that, then the united states.. found... the northeast... found.. new england... found and finally massachusetts and boston... then i talked to them about what it is like to live in a place with deciduous trees that lose their leaves in autumn and the temperature change and the snow! feet and feet of snow! the kids loved it and asked all sorts of questions. truly one of the high points of our time in JA this year. :)

After the school we headed up another long gravel road to Uncle Sam's - a local fixture who helps to run the local Donkey Race around the roads in the area - people from all over come to see the donkey races he told us and he was still fixing up his little stand from the winds and storminess - we spent a few moments with him and he ran for some cold red stripes for us. then we walked along the jagged rocks and cliffs to a house bob marley built on the coastal rocks for he and one of this girlfriends... tyrone brought us up into the house and it was really amazing that such a relatively primitive structure was still intact after so many storms over the years with virtually no regular upkeep. it was a traditional octagonal wooden building with old-school thatched roof that was only showing a few bare spots where the weather and sunlight could come through. bob caught rainwater in a large sistern out back and had primitive plumbing installed to provide for a 2nd floor toilet!

back onto a jungle trail behind bob's house we hiked to another small cave, this one filled with healing mineral waters and the three of us took a short respite in the amazingly crystal clear waters with the white sandy bottom. relaxed after that refreshing dip we carefully climbed our way back out of the steep stone entrance to the mineral spring cave and headed back to romie's for lunch. Bonito and red stripes, ting and veggies - an excellent meal at an affordable price. Bought some woven grass baskets from a local woman with some adorable children and began our journey back to negril.

Stopped off at soloman and siennas to see the work they've done on their house - met Bill who is a good friend of soloman and sienna and jamaica. he's just beginning a few month trip. lucky him! Some local craftsman were building the most beautiful cedar closets for soloman and we envied their access to such talented craftsmen. :)

Back at rockhouse made the obligatory calls back home to family to with them a happy thanksgiving - after our tiring day we grabbed a few drinks at the rockhouse bar and some food and a side of Bammy! the restaurant was packed tonite with taxis arriving non-stop to bring people in from the weather into the comforting glow of the lounge. back to the room after the light dinner to relax, read and sit on our patio and watch the waves until late in the evening.

Friday 11/24/2006

Woke up to some sun trying to peek through the clouds this morning. ordered a pot of coffee and some coconut toast and spent a good deal of the morning reading, relaxing and recharging our batteries. After seeing michelle once again and having a short chat we decided to walk to HiLo and do some shopping for family back home. We first went across the street and grabbed the things we “ordered” from the various craft stalls, then headed towards the roundabout. ran into Elvis along the way, he was just setting up his small stand of carvings and we spent some time talking with him and looking at his wares... ended up buying a mask and a lion's head carved out of cedar and he threw in a small turtle - renie named the red gold and green striped face mask “jibba”, the lion's head “nyabinghi” and the little turtle “tyrone” after our new friend in little bay.

Stopped by 3 C's as we got close to HiLo to see if they had any patties but they were out until tomorrow they said - so we continued on. Once at hilo bought some large 1-liters of Ting, some pickapeppa sauce, and a few other essentials, stopped at the ATM to get some more J's and stopped at one of the gift shops to check out the starfish oil soaps they use at the rockhouse. great soaps made in JA. Afterward we hopped into a route taxi for a real inexpensive ride back to rockhouse.

Spent the rest of the day sitting on our patio in front of the villa drinking red stripes, reading our books and waiting for sunset. The pool was once again open and we could see across the bay all the activity - then an impromptu rain shower sent them all scattering for about 15 minutes or so. lol. Sunset was disappointing tonite as heavy clouds rolled in just as the sun was dipping on the horizon - the last effects of the tropical depression i guess. :(

Walked the west end road once again up to the Hungry Lion for dinner tonite. Had a nice little private corner on the rooftop deck all to ourselves and began with stamp & go (codfish fritters) and some pineapple/ginger smoothies. I had wanted the lentil shepherd's pie for dinner but they had none ready yet so i ordered a penne marinara and renie had the snapper burrito. this was preceeded by the most delicious lentil/pumpkin soup. i could have eaten a gallon of it! full from the meal we ordered the carrot cake to go and made our way back home. Got a six-pack of red stripes on the way and spent the rest of the evening watching the heat-lightning dancing across the sky from the comfort of our little patio at the villa. hungry lion's meal with tip was about $3100J. another good deal for a very quiet and romantic dinner.

Saturday 11/25/2006

Ordered a pot of coffee to get the energy flowing again and broke into our carrot cake from hungry lion the night before. Michelle arrived in mid-morning and we talked for a bit before we headed out to grab a taxi to the roundabout.. had the taxi drop us off at 3 C's to check on the pattie situation. no love. no patties. :( so we walked from 3 C's across the roundabout and into the park just past the south negril river where the glass bottom boats park at night. made our way to the beach and began to walk. and walk. and walk.

the rough seas had brought in a fair amount of seaweek that looked like little green cotton balls and it was piling up on the shore with the tides so workers had begun gathering it into piled which were then buried in the sand to natually decompose... there's quicksand in some parts of the beach here - nothing life-threatening, just something to be aware of... you'll be walking long in the smooth, very finely grained sand when all of a sudden you sink up to your calf, or your knees! lol. i assume this is due to some sub-terrainian springs that keep the super-fine sand in liquid suspension. it's actually kinda neat....

As we walked the beach we'd take turns going for a quick dip to cool off - the sun was out today and it's intensity demands these brief respites from the heat. We stopped along the way from time to time to grab a drink from one of the stands or restaurants and we met up with the pattie man making his way up the beach and had a beef pattie (finally!). We walked as far as the end of 7-mile, up near beaches resort and then turned around to head back. Stopped at coco la palm for another drink and a brief rest. Sometime during our walk we lost our digicel phone in the sand - don't know why we brought it either. lol. so word to the wise - don't bring your phone to the beach, you'll lose it! lol.

We walked as far as Jamaica Tamboo/Legends and cut through the parking lot to Norman Manley Blvd to grab a taxi - a local driver saw us come through and must have known by the look on our face what we were looking for and rushed right over to get us. lol.

back at rockhouse we took showers in the open-air showers to wash the salt water off and settled in to watch the sunset. finally! just before sunset i saw a pod of 3 or 4 dolphins cresting in the water just a short way out from out cliffside - we watched them make their way west along the cliffs until they were gone behind the jetty that the rockhouse pool is built upon. a real special moment with those beautiful creatures and the setting sun! the sunset was gorgeous as the light reflected off the water.

We headed down to the pool bar to catch last call and soak up the last of the sun's rays, have a few drinks and then headed next door to pirate's cave for dinner.

Real short walk to pirate's cave - it was quiet tonite and we got a table right at the cliffside. Ordered some rum punches and some snapper fingers which are like fish sticks i suppose. they were awesome! renie had panfried shrimp and i had panfried snapper along with two great salads. Kim was our waitress and made us very comfortable as we waiting on Jamaica time for the food to be freshly prepared. We were the last ones to leave tonite and grabbed a few more red stripes at the market across from sips&bites and did our usual routine of hanging on our patio watching the sea, reading our books and polishing off the red stripes. Slept well tonite as the sea was much calmer. :)

Sunday 11/26/2006

Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and the seas were calm enough to do a little snorkling. we had lugged the gear all the way here so we might as well use it. i spent a good deal of time exploring the rocks and caves around rockhouse but renie couldn't get used to the snorkle (her first time) and so after awhile went back ashore to watch me.

After cooling off, grabbed breakfast at sips&bites once again and chatted with the ladies once more. Renie had butter beans and saltfish this morning instead of the usual ackee and saltfish and she ate it all up so it must have been good. sorrell and coffee, callaloo, dumpling, yam and the guava jelly and toast rounded out the meal. Back at the room we could hear the jerk fest just getting going at 3 dives. it was expected to run all day and long into the night so we thought we'd check it out for dinner.

we relaxed alot today and i think i took a few naps - then stopped by for a few drinks at pirate's cave and they had the NFL game on so we watched the last quarter of that (our patriot's won) and headed down to 3 dives. what a scene! cars parked all over that narrow road, the sound system shook your internal organs, the place was mobbed! we grabbed a jerk pork from one of the stands and ate it and watched the scene for a little while but finally ended up heading back to the quiet solitude of our villa - perhaps in hindsight it would have been a different experience during the day. many of the vendors were getting low on their food stocks and the music was ear-splittingly loud. lol. everyone there seemed to be having a great time tho - maybe it's a sign of old age that we didn't groove on it so much as everyone else. lol.

had a nightcap at rockhouse and a side of Bammy and then headed back to the villa for sleep.

Monday 11/27/2006

Woke again to a beautiful sunny morning, relaxed on patio and then headed to town for our last minute shopping for everyone back home - we still needed pounds and pounds of blue mountain coffee, some shirts and other souveniers.. took a taxi to hilo and looked through alot of the shops, changed the last of our money at the ATM and did our shopping finding almost everything we needed. bought some banana rum cream for my mother but forgot all about the airline “no liquids” policy so that was soon confiscated at the security checkpoint the next day. remember that people! lol. after our shopping, walked back to 3 C's and they had patties! so we had some patties and ting and got a few patties for the road. grabbed a route taxi for a hundred J back to rockhouse, dropped everything on our bed and organized our gifts and packing for tomorrow - making sure we didn't miss anything. Tonite a bunch of us from TA who worked on the map project were getting together at the rockhouse pool bar to say hello and share a few stories and some drinks. We headed down to the pool early and spent most of the afternoon hanging and the pool, had some rum drinks and the red snapper sandwich which is excellent by the way. Lance who delivered our coffee in the morning was taking care of us this afternoon by the pool. Sienna and soloman eventually showed up and said dennis was stuck in nassau with a flight problem so he wasn't going to make it. met russ & cathy, eric and his girlfriend and jamaicasteve stopped by for a few minutes on the way to dinner to say hi and grab a copy of the infamous map! After last call we just hung at the pool sharing stories with everyone and having a great time.. eventually it was time to call it a night - we had an early departure to mobay the next day...

Tuesday 11/28/2006

Woke up and did last-minute packing and did our last relaxing on the patio in front of the villa - Dennis and Evette finally got into Negril late last night and they stopped by for a chat - so good to see him once again :) Eventually our time to leave this paradise had come - michelle heard we had called for our bags and came rushing over to say her goodbyes - we exchanged addresses and told her we would be back next november.

By the time we return next year the new Spa building they had been working on all week should be finished and it should be quite special with all the expected services and some unique offerings as well.

Full crew in the van with soloman this morning taking two other couples to sangster - let me tell you, leaving on a weekday is nothing like leaving on a weekend. the lines at sangster were nearly non-existent. what was a 90minute line at the security checkpoint was now a 2 minute line - we made it through there without a hitch except for the lost rum cream, then through immigration/customs without issue and we had time to spare to once again get some rum cream from the duty free shops. they packaged it up nice and told us we'd have no problems bringing it on-board. which was true to a point. grabbed a mediocre meal at the airport margaritaville and hit the red stripe store for a bottle opener for next trip (the wall-mounted bottle opener in the villa spills red stripe down the walls because of the short stubby bottle neck - be forewarned!) and then headed to our gate.

upgraded our seating once again for the leg from sangster to philly and settled in for a quiet ride. arrival in philly we were advised that our carryon rum cream would not be allowed for the second leg of the trip so we had to do some fast re-packing, getting our checked baggage from customs, going through customs and immigration, then repacking our clothing into our carryons so we could put the rum cream into our checked baggage - then re-check it for the final leg of the journey. boarded our flight only to be told that our 7pm flight was not going to see “wheels up”until after 9pm due to a low ceiling in boston. so we de-boarded and checked out the philly airport for awhile. finally boarded and were wheel's up by a quarter to 10. the pilot must have felt bad because he really cruised and we were in logan airport boston a little after 11 and on our way home by midnight after getting our bags and finding our driver.

see everyone next year.

russell (rawlus) and irene.

full picture album here:

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2. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Thank you for the wonderful report! So much detail, I love that :)

You met Bill Evans? We gave him a ride from Port Maria to Negril a few years back, he helped us deal with a scratch we'd gotten on our rental car....nice and very interesting guy, I understand he's in Westmoreland for quite awhile this year.

Off to see the photos....

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3. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

All I can say is AWESOME.

Thank You.

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4. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Rawlus,

Loved your review...can't wait to write mine..9 days until touch down in MoBay....13 days till Negril!

One question I have: you mentioned the "peanut man"...can you tell me about this? My son is highly allergic to Peanuts and peanut dust..carry epi pens every where...but are there places that we should avoid?

Thanks...

Peace.

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5. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Rawlus,

Loved your review...can't wait to write mine..9 days until touch down in MoBay....13 days till Negril!

One question I have: you mentioned the "peanut man"...can you tell me about this? My son is highly allergic to Peanuts and peanut dust..carry epi pens every where...but are there places that we should avoid?

Thanks...

Peace.

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6. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Really enjoyed reading your report. We were in Negril during the same week and reading brought back so many images that had slipped from my mind already-- quick sand on the beach-- I got stuck up to over my knee. Thanks for all the details. I will have to check out the cliffs on my next trip to JA. My flight on the 19th from Providence was cancelled due to mechanical, so I had to wait til the next day. I wish I had flown from Boston, maybe we would have met. I enjoy your comments on this forum. Thanks for all your help.

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7. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

Awesome trip report, and those were some spectacular pictures, especially the ones of the rough weather at the rockhouse! What a difference from when I swam there! I would still love to see it, no matter what the weather was like..I don't think it would be possible for me to have a 'bad' time in Jamaica, and it sounds like you had a great time there too.

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8. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

rawlus, What a fabulous job on your report! and your pic's, well you picked all the right ones too! Loved them .Wow how those waves can kick up, such a hugh difference in Dec.vs. April wow! After reading / looking at pic's you made me feel like I was on vacation!

Thanks

For sharing ..

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9. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

What a great way to start a cold morning, made me feel like I was there. Thanks

Best

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10. Re: Trip report - Negril Nov 19-28, 2006

hey liz - i meant to tell you bill had mentioned kowing you and a few others from the old forums. :)

rodiree - don't fret - the peanut man is the person who travels the west end road in the evening just after sunset with a wooden cart selling roasted peanuts from the side of the road - you'll hear him coming because the roaster has a steam whistle that will burst your eardrums. lol.