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Well I decided to venture back to the Caribbean, where these singers provided entertainment for our tour bus stop. From the building in the background, there is a view of Grand Etang Lake, see Achim Fried's post, here. He mentions that the lake view was opened up by the 2004 hurricane,Ivan; but it's pretty much the same now. Of Course, hurricane, Emily, followed one year later. Our native-born but East German educated guide mentioned the hurricanes frequently; often disparaging the local residents for their sloth in repairing damage. Earlier I posted a picture of a Mona Monkey, and more comments by our very interesting guide; here.

The most popular area in Grenada for hiking and trekking is undoubtedly the rainforest around the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, high up in the mountains of the island's interior. Grand Etang's varied elevations and terrains maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in the elfin woodlands high up the slopes of the reserve's mountains. The focal point of the forest reserve is Grand Etang Lake, which fills the crater of one of the island's extinct volcanos. The rainforest around the lake holds a stupendously rich diversity of flora and fauna. Colourful tropical birds, tiny frogs and lizards, and rare orchids punctuate the dense rainforest vegetation, and the trails meander around the area's stunning waterfalls as well as the azure waters of Grand Etang Lake.

Grand Etang's flora includes towering mahogany and giant gommier trees as well as a multitude of ferns, tropical flowers, and other indigenous plants. The lush vegetation provides shelter for a wide variety of animals, particularly for the island's many species of birds. The broad-winged hawk (known here as the gree-gree), Lesser Antillean swift, Antillean euphonia, purple-throated carib, Antillean crested hummingbird (known as the little doctor bird), and the Lesser Antillean tanager (known as the soursop) are all common sights.

In addition, the Grand Etang is populated by plenty of frogs and lizards, as well as playing host to opossums, armadillos, mongooses, and the mona monkey.

Map Coordinates: 37.0625,-95.677068

For some reason, TE insists on changing these coordinates to 24289280, -62702923, which is actually somewhere in Kansas. I did try repeated postings without success. However, if you really want to see the map location, click on the link to the Mona Monkey, in the first paragraph. On that day, the coordinates posted correctly

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