We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We barely made it out of Yankeeland in a blizzard last week (thanks to our fine drive service with 4 WD Lexi limos), and barely made it home last night in another snowstorm (thanks, fine driver).
I will post some of my travelogue pics and fun info from the only Caribbean island and the only elite boutique hotel (35 rooms) there that Mrs. BD likes (no computers, no WiFi, no TV, no cell service, no pool, no lifeguards, no clocks, no A/C, no windows - all open to the tropical breeze - no phones, no salespeople, no elevators because all the totally-private and jungle-surrounded little villas are one-floor, the best diving and snorkeling in the New World - and you can leave all of your valuables on the beach - wallet, watch, cameras, etc all day without any concern, for hours) when I get organized.
In fact, this pic is a mid-1700s French sugar cane plantation manager's house, now embedded in jungle a 45-minute jungle hike from one of the resort's two little private beaches. Thanks to the mountainous volcanic terrain (unlike most of the flat coral-based Lesser Antilles), St. Lucia has a rain forest habitat but it happily has mostly sunny days with occasional spitting light showers which you ignore.
We went to St. Lucia on our honeymoon. Beautiful place! May I also recommend the island (country) of Dominica-- NOT the Dominican Republic, but a small British Commonwealth island between Martinique and Guadeloupe (i.e. two islands north of St. Lucia)?
It is too rocky to grow sugar cane back then, so the cloud forest jungle has been almost entirely preserved. It's also too rocky now for a big airport or a monster cruise ship dock, so the non-touristy culture has been almost entirely preserved too. And there's a boiling lake all the way at the top of the mountain, if you like a good hike through a totally unique environment. If you like bird watching, there are several species only found there. There's a small-but-pretty beach and reef, also good whale watching off shore. The people are very friendly-- mostly descendants of slaves who escaped from the French sugar plantations in Martinique and Guadeloupe by swimming or rafting, but there are actually some of the original Caribs still living there (only place they weren't exterminated). There isn't that angry vibe you feel in some of the other islands, even though they're among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. I felt totally comfortable hanging out and watching the local team play cricket for four hours. Highly recommended.
Having lived in the rain forest in West Africa the ramshackle architecture is familiar, though often in corrugated zinc metallic sheets, but the ectopic Cape May elaborations along the eaves of the roof surely are a 19th century elaboration.