Adventure in the Southern Cockpits and Alligator Pond (2006 flashback, part one)

In 2006 I traveled to Jamaica, as staff, with friends and client ekoostik hookah and several other bands for a festival called Jamm in Jamaica. I spent a week in Negril helping out with that, enjoying music and friends. But, as is my wont, I planned a couple of extra days at the end to go …

Dornoch’s Head: A Trip Back Into Cockpit Country (April 2010)

Before I left for Jamaica on this trip, I came across a new web site called “Cockpit Country Jamaica”. It featured attractions and information about the Cockpit Country in Jamaica, that sparsely inhabited central-western region of the island that spans roughly 4 parishes.  I’ve written about the area before, and I’ve visited it from a …

All Around Jamaica Again: Day 4 – Up into the Blue Mountains on Historic US Election Day

Day 4: US Election Day, Kingston One more reason I wanted to go to Kingston was to visit the Blue Mountains. I’ve gone a little way in from the Portland side (Reich Falls, some other falls near Buff Bay), and I’ve stayed near them (Portland, Fern Hill). But I’ve never really been IN them, certainly …