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Hike St. Lucia

Postby KarenS » Tue May 23, 2006 7:42 am

From the Beacon Journal: "CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, WEST INDIES - They were, quite simply, the steps from hell.

The killer steps -- all 566 of them --ascended through the greenness of the tropical rain forest on St. Lucia, an eye-popping and alluring West Indies island.

Jim McNair of Broadview Heights and I huffed and puffed up those steps. We were dying, and we both knew it.

We stopped more than once to catch our breath and to try to determine whether we were really making any progress up the steep slope on the flanks of Piton Flore.

Our guide, Mitchell Adams, showed no ill effects of climbing the steps. He wasn't even breathing hard.

In fact, Adams was very proud of the steps on the Forestiere Rainforest Trail. He had built them over 2 ¬Ĺ months.

The steps were part of what was otherwise a delightful four-mile rain forest hike that we had arranged through the St. Lucia Forestry & Lands Department.

For more information or for reservations, call the St. Lucia Forestry & Lands Department at 758-450-2231, Ext. 316 or 317, or 758-450-2078. The Internet site is You can contact the Forestiere office at 758-451-6168.

The St. Lucia Forestry & Lands Department offers longer rain forests hikes: a 5-miler from Des Cartiers to Edmund, a 6-miler from Forestiere to Barre de L'isle and a 10-miler from Barre de L'isle to Edmund.

The St. Lucia Trust also offers rain forest hikes. Call 758-452-5005 for more information. The Internet site is Private outfitters will also organize rain forest treks."

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