3. The Tall Trees
Although the sky is still overcast, no rain falls. We are fortunate. This is one of the highest rainfall areas in the island and a day without rain is rare.
From the damp, dark cover of the bush, we can hear tree frogs calling out to each other in their clear bell-like voices. Here in the forest they are protected from the sunlight by the thick canopy of leaves and do not have to wait until evenings to begin their song.
From a gully beside the path rises a tall, majestic stand of bamboo. Looking up to admire it we see the black shape of a hawk flying high above. But there is no sight or sound of Jacquot, the rare Saint Lucia parrot.
The path is still climbing and in some places where it is fairly steep, steps have been cut into the earth. When we reach a clearing in the forest where there is a small wooden hut and a bench we rest for a while. This is a spot where the parrots from the nearby area of Quilesse are often seen. Everyone looks up at the sky and the tops of the tall trees hoping to spot one. There are no parrots but we do see a pair of hawks circling overhead and finches darting in and out of the bushes close to where we sit.
All around us now are trees so straight and tall that their tops seem to be lost in the clouds. After Hurricane Allen passed in 1980 many of the trees were left lying on the ground but today very little evidence of this remains.
Around a bend in the path we discover a cascade of pure, clean water tumbling down a rocky shelf. It falls into a bamboo chute wedged between the rocks and runs from the end like water from a tap. A twig has been stuck in the ground with several bamboo cups on it. We fill these from the fountain to quench our thirst before moving on.