My next exploration takes me to Jamaica, join with me on a flight from the Northwest to Southeast of the island taking in two natural wonders which unfortunately have little or no enhancements available in flight sim.
Take off from Montego Bay in the Decathlon.
Flying along the North coastline of Jamaica.
Towards the Eastern edge of the island and my first view of The Blue Mountains.
This is the pathetic attempt at The Blue Lagoon in FSX, not very real, but I guess at least I found it! The lagoon is thought to be the crater of an ancient volcano which has now slipped to sea level and is fed from springs high in the mountains. At it's deepest the lagoon is 185ft deep, but in other places is shallow enough to wade in. A must visit for any tourist to the island.
Crossing from the North to the South of the island takes me across The Blue Mountains, so called because the constant mist which envelopes them gives the range a blue hue from a distance.
The highest peak in the range in the background is that of Blue Mountain Peak at over 7,400ft and on a clear day it is possible to see Cuba from here. The terrain here is so wild that parts of it are uncharted. In the 18th Century, The Maroons, fugitive slaves set up their headquarters in the heart of this mountainous jungle. They were so successful at waging guerilla warfare against the British they were eventually granted land rights and to this day their descendants the Rastafarian country farmers conceal their ganja fields here.
There are more than 500 flowering plant species in the mountains, including the extraordinary Jamaica Bamboo which flowers once every 33 years and is next due in 2017. The mountains are also home to over 200 species of resident and migrant birds including the "doctor bird" as it is known to local residents (we know it better as the humming bird).
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