Rafting Down the River

I was informed last Tuesday by She Who Must Be Obeyed that we were going on a little trip to the Martha Brae River about an hour away from where we were staying in Jamaica. I wasn’t all that anxious to do this, but since there is no “He Who Must Be Obeyed” in our family, I grabbed my trusty camera and off we went. Upon arrival, I realized right away that having gotten away from the coast, we were out of the gale that had been going since before we had arrived in Jamaica, so at least we would have a respite.

The shades of green that we found were nothing short of amazing. The trees were of various shades, as was the river itself, depending upon the way the light struck it. It was an overcast day on the edges of Tropical Storm Otto (soon to be Hurricane Otto), but every so often the sun would peek out between the clouds, and the entire appearance of the surroundings would change. Add that to the overhanging trees, and there are some interesting opportunities for photography. Yet along with interesting opportunities came some equally interesting challenges, like the fact that I am not all that good at photography, oh yes, there’s also my very poor eyesight. Above all however is the fact that when in a raft going down a river, you get no second chances.

If you have never been in a place like this, and this was my first time, you would be amazed at the silence and the slowly moving river twists and turns its way through the jungle.

Then suddenly the sun pops out and a shot looms right above you…

A moment later, the sun is gone and there is a heron watching for an unsuspecting fish.

Up ahead the sun pops in again and creates the most amazing shades of green…

…and around the next bend a completely different scene

All the while you gently float down the river as though there were nobody else in the world in a sort of serene amazement at what God has created.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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30 Responses to Rafting Down the River

  1. Pete says:

    I love the pictures. I can almost see the silence you were talking about. Thanks fo taking us with you!

  2. Bette Cox says:

    Ooh, how He loves green!

  3. Thanks for sharing your obedience! Absolutely beautiful! The Glory of the Lord on display!

  4. Andy Oldham says:

    Beautiful pictures! An amazing memory!

  5. lindamowles says:

    Don, your post and pictures brought back some amazing memories when, 40 years ago, I was in Jamaica and went cruising down the Martha Brae on the same kind of raft you rode. The scenery was incredible and the ride was mesmerizing. I have been to Jamaica several times since then and I have wanted to do it again but was not able to schedule it. Thanks for the post! God’s creation is so much more than we see in our cities and towns; He is truly the amazing Creator God!

  6. lindamowles says:

    Forty years ago, when I went on the Martha Brae River, there were children with little “stores” along the shore and they sold miniature rafts and other handmade creations; then there were some stands where you could be something to drink, all for the asking of your raft’s “captain” to pull over. Were they still doing this? Fun and gorgeous scenery, memories for a lifetime.

  7. Tom says:

    Awesome pictures! Looks very relaxing and beautiful! Glad you were able to enjoy the trip!

  8. Wally Fry says:

    How nice! We did some kayaking down there on a shore excursion. Not that River, but another place whose name I can’t recall. It was really cool though. Glad you had a good time. We have been to Jamaica twice, and really liked it both times.

  9. Be glad. A friend of mine, upon the arrival of the celebration of his 90th year on this planet, was informed by SWMBO that for his birthday he was going on a rafting trip – down the Grand Canyon. She, of course, stayed in the lodge on the rim of the canyon.

  10. frcasper says:

    My SWMBO is a bed right now and I am free to do what? It has been so long I wouldn’t know what to do. I hear on 6th that I am going to Parramatta to visit old government house, what can I say?

  11. zolljl says:

    LOL!! No blame to be laid, Don, if you don’t leave that place, staying to re-create and rest in the arms of His creation…

  12. Barbara Lane says:

    Your pictures were great! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jhunelle J says:

    Such a tranquil experience! Listed it in top 5 romantic rendezvous picks on the island 🙂 Loved every minute.

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