Naked hikers

So I was hiking along Waitukubuli National Trail segment 5; a little weary from a rough night’s sleep out in the forest, when I happened to look up and see two naked hikers walking towards me. Bleary-eyed, I did a double-take, but they were real enough. A man and a woman, probably in their thirties, wearing nothing but hiking shoes, backpacks and rather sheepish smiles.

We stopped to talk. They were German, hiking the segment in reverse, and hoping to reach the Emerald Pool which they had heard was a beautiful place to swim. I tried to keep my eyes fixed on theirs but I have to admit they strayed off target occasionally.

We said our goodbyes and walked away in opposite directions. I wondered if it was wrong of me not to tell them that I had seen several hundred cruise ship tourists at the Emerald Pool. Imagining the surprise to come, I stopped and turned to look back, but all I saw were two very pale bottoms disappearing into the woods.

Grenada 3

I have agreed to write a third edition of the Bradt Travel Guide to Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique in the spring of 2017 with a view to it being published in the autumn.
I’m really looking forward to returning to the islands.

Tom Sawyer

I was in Roseau early this morning when one of the capital’s street people approached. Expecting to be asked for a few dollars I was surprised when he said:

“Have you ever read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ?”

I replied that I had, though as a boy, and recalled enjoying it.

He nodded enthusiastically.

I gave him a few dollars and a copy of Dominica Traveller for which, though hardly a substitute for Mark Twain, he seemed very grateful.


I’m not a hiking expert; I just enjoy a walk from time to time.

In my guidebook I came up with a system of difficulty ratings for Dominica’s trails.

Here’s what I said about it:

“It is simply intended as a basic indication of difficulty …. Naturally what may be tough for one person may be less so for another. There will always be variation, it can’t be helped, and no system will ever be perfect …”

So if you tell me you disagree with them, all I do is roll my eyes.