We got off to a slow start today, mainly due to remnants of jet lag and the lengthy process of unpacking suitcases. We had a breakfast at the local bakery before getting on the highway and driving to our first day's series of walks and hikes. We started off with the site at “Maison de la Forêt” and opted to take the long hike around the forest, which proved that Sandra's normal sandals were sub-optimal for the task at hand; while the hiking sandals that Sascha had brought along for me definitely were up to the task.
The next step was the “Cascades aux Ecrevisses” (Crayfish falls) and we took a dip in the clear but surprisingly cold water coming down the hills in order to cool off after the walk. From there we drove up and over the hill and took the scenic drive back; passing Deshaies where we stopped for a bite to eat and then passing the “Plage de Cluny” where we spontaneously decided to take a break and that beach was certainly worth it. I hadn't played around at body-surfing in a long time but I gave it a whirl anyway and had a great time.
We returned home after taking a brief detour to the Zone Industrielle in order to get some coffee pods and search for a new glass microwave turntable plate; after showering we opted for a simple pizza dinner ashore before retiring for the night.


Sandra a Sascha on the bridge Photo opportunity on the hanging bridge at la Maison du Foret
(2017-03-24 10:57:36 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Sandra a Sascha on the bridge
Balisier/Heliconia in the forest The forest has few colors, but this plant makes for a bright exception to the constant green
(2017-03-24 10:56:03 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Balisier/Heliconia in the forest
Waterfall to the Crayfish River Crayfish River is Riviere aux Ecrevisses and this small waterfall feeds it
(2017-03-24 12:42:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Waterfall to the Crayfish River
Riviere aux Ecrevisses The small crawfish river at la Maison du Foret on Basse Terre, Guadeloupe.
(2017-03-24 10:58:09 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Riviere aux Ecrevisses
Cascade aux Ecrevisses Water flowing down from the hills into the Riviere aux Ecrevisses
(2017-03-24 12:41:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/2s] ISO 100)
Cascade aux Ecrevisses
Sascha hidden in the woods Sascha hidden amongst the trees and vines in the path from Maison a la Foret
(2017-03-24 11:25:29 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Sascha hidden in the woods
Buttressed roots These trees have large buttresses to keep them from toppling
(2017-03-24 11:31:58 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Buttressed roots
Regular leaves This growth looks like little steps going upwards
(2017-03-24 12:03:36 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Regular leaves
Sandra and Sascha at Cluny beach Sandra and Sascha doing their jump at Cluny Beach
(2017-03-24 14:53:16 SM-G930F [f/1.7, 1/4112s] ISO 40)
Sandra and Sascha at Cluny beach
Arnd and Sascha in the woods Sascha and myself walking in the woods
Arnd and Sascha in the woods
Cluny beach on Guadeloupe A large and largely empty beach on the northern shores of Guadeloupe
(2017-03-24 14:19:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Cluny beach on Guadeloupe
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