Last week my husband and I flew to the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We both teach and our respective schools were on Spring Break. It was an anniversary trip of sorts since we made it through our first year of marriage – something to celebrate for sure! Last March at almost the exact same time we eloped to Dominica – also in the Caribbean. Now, let me be honest here…I’m a Midwestern homebody through and through. My happiest moments are under a ratty blanket on the couch with the biggest mug of chamomile tea. I don’t mind the snow and winters (although like anyone, this time of year gets unbearable) But somehow I’ve managed to marry an adventurous man who needs sunshine and waves nearby….and Lake Michigan doesn’t cut it.
We don’t own a house or property and don’t have any babies so…this has become our thing. I guess love really does make you step outside your comfort zone doesn’t it? Never in a million years would I picture myself willingly swimming in an ocean, hiking rainforests, snorkeling, etc. But we have the best time on these trips. We refuse to be the typical tourists who lay on the beach and sip drinks with tiny umbrellas. Instead we stay in small guesthouses, eat food cooked at someone’s roadside bbq, walk with rastas with blue eyes, and tire our muscles. The highlight of this trip for sure was being convinced by a young native of Soufriere that we could hike the hardest mountain on the island – Petit Piton. Needless to say I have never felt that level of exhaustion before. My thighs are finally on the mend a week later! Both of us cried tears of exhaustion and joy when we landed back on the ground. Most of the climb was straight up and at some points there was a tattered rope to hoist us up. I made it to the shoulder of the mountain and freaked out. Allen and Liley (or Dr Feelgood, our guide, who climbed almost the entire mountain barefoot) continued to the summit. When we came back down Liley pointed to how far I had gotten and said I should be proud. I can honestly say that I am.
This trip we also decided to shoot film….here’s a few highlights. Check out the octopus shot Allen got underwater!