Blue Mountain Hike

Perhaps the most impressive Physical Challenge undertaken by this island hopper in quite a while, I climbed yesterday into the mountain-goat of a Jeep of a fellow diplomat and drove out of Kingston, accompanied by one of the Marines posted at the Embassy, and headed towards the fabled Blue Mountains in Jamaica’s interior.

Despite the nearly deadly and impassable road that snakes and cuts its way over boulders and through rivers and is sometimes mostly swallowed by landslides, we found ourselves playing Spades with a local Jamaican by the light of kerosene lamps, our stomachs full of peas and rice and curry chicken, at a hostel perched amidst a coffee tree grove, one of a few flat places part way up to the top of the Blue Mountains, which reach a respectable 7,402 feet.
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