Took the Phillips Rain Forest tour with six friends. Joseph picked us up at the Marriott and gave us a running tour of the Atlantic side of the island while he drove us to Molineux and then up to the farm fields on the lower slopes of Verchild's Mountain. (Your rental 4 x 4 ain't going to get you there.) After an orientation to agriculture on the island during and after the sugar cane era, we headed into the forest, which was remarkable. With the heat, we expected to be drinking lots of water (I was carrying three liters for two people), but the forest was so cool that we didn't need much at all. The hike, listed as moderate on the Web site, is actually easy (we've hiked the Rockies and the White Mountains): no big ascents and nothing particularly technical. It is slippery in spots, and you will want to use the walking stick you're offered. It is humid; you're going to sweat despite the easy pace. Own it. Expect some mud, too: it's a rain forest. Joseph showed us dozens of species of plants, explaining their ecology and their medicinal uses. He is an excellent guide, careful about his charges, and rich with local history. The walk finished with a picnic of ridiculously fresh fruit, goodies from Island Bakery, rum punch, and playing with the farmer's dog, and Joseph taught us how to make our own passion fruit juice. Excellent value, especially for nature lovers and families with kids who like to learn.
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July 4, 2013
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Thank you very much for posting your kind remarks about your half days hiking Safari with Joseph that included a two hour moderate walk into the Phillips Rainforest Valley.
We also include an intriguing 4X4, cross-country drive, up from the coast road to the 1000 foot contour to start your hike giving our guests a chance to experience the "off the beaten path" beauty of our island home.
Joseph, who has worked with me for many years, is passionate about the natural places on our island and has a deep understanding of it, and, as someone who worked as a Forest Ranger in former years, he is a careful and thoughtful guide too.
When he has time off he goes to fish on the coast and other similar pastimes, a man of the outdoors! I am extremely lucky to have him available to guide some of my tours and your comments only reinforce that, for sure.
I will certainly pass your kind remarks on to him so that he knows the good job he continues to do here, and thank you again for taking the time to let the world know through Tripadvisor.com.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our shores one day!
Owner of Greg's Safaris
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