My friends arrived at around 11:30AM, after having spent the night in a hotel in Martinique. It turns out that 3 large passenger airplanes had been diverted and something over 1000 people had found themselves in Martinique during the height of the holiday season when hotel rooms are hard to find for just a family. Luckily my friends had arrived as the first airplane, or Air France had better connections, since they were put into a hotel while the others weren't quite as fortunate and they had to sleep in school gyms and other mass shelters!
The only rental I could find was a Chevrolet that had been hit with a miniaturization beam from those Sci-fi films of old; while it had 4 doors and a hatchback I don't know why they bothered since the interior was quite small and the engine had enough work just trucking me along; but somehow all 5 of us including baggage managed to fit into the car for the short trip back to the marina; but trying to accelerate onto the highway was a hair-raising experience with daytime French traffic.
Nonetheless we all made it unscathed onto the boat and after the baggage was safely stowed in their cabins we all got into the car again and drove up the mountainous roads on Basse-Terre to visit one of only 7 national parks of France (4 of which aren't in France proper but overseas. The car had it's work cut out for it and I made few friends in the line of traffic behind me, but we finally made it to our parking area and proceeded to take one of the shorter walks through the rainforest. The air was still and heavy, but luckily we were high up in the hills so the heat wasn't oppressive and the path led us through a good cross-section of the forest's flora, the fauna was lacking due to so many people passing through and I'm not sure I really wanted to encounter any of the creeping and crawling forest denizens on this walk.
After the forest walk we took a look at one of the pools and waterfalls, Silvia in particular took a closer look than she wanted and ended up going swimming instead - with no change of clothes aboard the car that was no fun for her at all; she got a shirt from her father and changed once we were back aboard the boat.
We relaxed for a bit aboard and tried to get an early dinner but it wasn't quite early enough with the girls and then the rest of us coming close to falling asleep at the dinner table.

Arrival in Guadeloupe After having been diverted to Martinique the night before, my firends finally arrive at noon the next day.
(2013-03-26 12:57:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/25s] ISO 500 Focus 10.60m)
Arrival in Guadeloupe
Wolfgang, Sophia, Barbara and Silvia + Baggage I drove the car and somehow everything else fit into the miniature blue car.
(2013-03-26 13:21:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/640s] ISO 500 Focus 1.68m)
Wolfgang, Sophia, Barbara and Silvia + Baggage
Sophia catching the moment Sophia took lots of pictures with the new digital camera
(2013-03-26 16:33:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/30s] ISO 500 Focus 3.76m)
Sophia catching the moment
Rainforest stream This stream would later feed the waterfall lower down in the hills.
(2013-03-26 16:34:32 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus 4.73m)
Rainforest stream
At the start of the forest tour Sophia and Wolfgang admiring the jungle growth
(2013-03-26 16:26:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 500 Focus 2.24m)
At the start of the forest tour
Large leaves in the forest Large leaves in the forest
(2013-03-26 16:26:56 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/60s] ISO 500 Focus 1.68m)
Large leaves in the forest
Buttressed roots The buttressed roots of a big tropical tree growing to almost 60m height.
(2013-03-26 16:56:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/4s] ISO 200 Focus 3.16m)
Buttressed roots
Rainforest massive trees This tree was among the taller ones in teh forest, despite being draped with parasitic vines.
(2013-03-26 17:06:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/4s] ISO 200 Focus 7.94m)
Rainforest massive trees
Sophia and Silvia in the forest Clowning around in the buttressed roots of a big forest tree.
(2013-03-26 17:06:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/10s] ISO 200 Focus 1.50m)
Sophia and Silvia in the forest
Park Rules and Regulations Park Rules and Regulations
(2013-03-26 17:12:40 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 200 Focus 1.12m)
Park Rules and Regulations
Colorful blossoms in the forest Colorful blossoms in the forest
(2013-03-26 17:13:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/6s] ISO 200 Focus 0.79m)
Colorful blossoms in the forest
Looks like a scorpion's sting Looks like a scorpion's sting
(2013-03-26 17:14:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/25s] ISO 200 Focus 1.50m)
Looks like a scorpion's sting
Buttressed tree roots Buttressed tree roots
(2013-03-26 17:30:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/10s] ISO 200 Focus 2.24m)
Buttressed tree roots
Waterfall Waterfall
(2013-03-26 17:35:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/2s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Waterfall
Vine-covered tropical trees Vine-covered tropical trees
(2013-03-26 16:42:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 1.50m)
Vine-covered tropical trees
Barbara, Sophia, Silvia and Wolfgang Barbara, Sophia, Silvia and Wolfgang
(2013-03-26 16:50:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/8s] ISO 200 Focus 3.16m)
Barbara, Sophia, Silvia and Wolfgang
Rainforest path The path going between the trees and vines in the French National Park forest
(2013-03-26 16:59:12 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/13s] ISO 200 Focus 3.76m)
Rainforest path
Rainforest stream Rainforest stream
(2013-03-26 17:03:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 200 Focus 1.50m)
Rainforest stream
Looking straight up Taken looking up almost vertically into the vines and other growth underneath the rainforest canopy
(2013-03-26 17:07:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/20s] ISO 200 Focus 3.76m)
Looking straight up
Parasitic vines Parasitic vines
(2013-03-26 17:09:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/30s] ISO 200 Focus 3.76m)
Parasitic vines
Green undergrowth Green undergrowth
(2013-03-26 17:10:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/25s] ISO 200 Focus 5.96m)
Green undergrowth
Brightly colored blossoms Most of the forest is a solid green wall of life, there weren't that many colorful things to be seen, so this was one of the few exceptions.
(2013-03-26 17:15:10 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/10s] ISO 200 Focus 0.89m)
Brightly colored blossoms
Waterfall time-lapse Waterfall time-lapse
(2013-03-26 17:37:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 13/10s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Waterfall time-lapse
Silvia, Sophia, Barbara and Wolfgang Family at the falls before Silvia's unfortunate fall.
(2013-03-26 17:39:03 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/20s] ISO 320 Focus 4.73m)
Silvia, Sophia, Barbara and Wolfgang
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