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November 15, 2010

Video: Riding the Rapids at Atlantis in the Bahamas

 

"It's not a lazy river--it's a crazy river!" said my six-year-old of the mile-long whitewater ride at Atlantis in the Bahamas. It's actually my favorite ride in the whole 141-acre water park. My husband filmed it with his waterproof point-and-shoot camera (and with our six-year-old practically in his lap) so I could experience it vicariously while stuck in our hotel room chained to my laptop during the first three days of our recent Bahamas getaway. On our last day, not only did I finally hit the rapids, but my eight-year-old insisted I accompany him down The Abyss--a water slide with a near-vertical drop of 50 feet inside a dark tunnel. Never again. But I did have a blast racing all three boys (husband included) down the high-speed Challenger Slide that clocks your times.

The Challenger Slide at Atlantis Bahamas

The thrill of victory: My six-year-old raced my eight-year-old down The Challenger Slide...and won!

January 15, 2007

Attention, Cricket Fans

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This brand-new stadium in Falmouth, Jamaica, will host the Cricket
World Cup in March. Photo taken on Jan. 15, 2007.

By Wendy Perrin

Thinking of attending the opening ceremony of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Jamaica in March?  Well, I am here to tell you that construction of the 25,000-seat stadium in Falmouth is in good shape.  The highway leading to it from the nearest airport (Montego Bay) is another story.

Tim and I drove from MoBay to Falmouth this morning to check out the stadium. There was a ton of traffic on the potholed two-lane "highway," which is under construction as they try to widen it to four lanes in preparation for the Cup.  They're going to have to pick up the pace if they want to finish in time.

As for the town of Falmouth itself, I doubt anyone will be heading there for an after-match beer on a hot day. Don't get me wrong: I like Falmouth because it's an authentic Jamaican town with no souvenir shops or standard tourist amenities. Which is precisely why it's hardly ready for a big international event.

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The main road from the stadium into Falmouth, Jan. 15, 2007