William Hoban & Stephanie Morris

William & Stephanie

November 4, 2010

William Hoban & Stephanie Morris

William & Stephanie

November 4, 2010

Hi Friends and Family!

Thank you for visiting our honeymoon registry. We are looking forward to seeing and celebrating with everyone in July, 2009 in Charleston, SC. We feel so blessed to have such supportive and loving friends and family that can share in our special day.

After our engagement in March, we realized that between the two of us we have two toaster ovens, three sets of silverware, two microwaves and many more typical household items that we cannot find the room to store :) We contemplated long and hard where to have our registry and knowing how much we have enjoyed our prior travel adventures together, we decided to use Traveler's Joy. After all, the memories from this honeymoon will last a lot longer than a new set of wine glasses!

Our hope is that our friends and family will help us celebrate our wedding with a once and a lifetime journey to the adventure island of the Caribbean, Dominica!

Thanks again and we can't wait to see you next year (or earlier!).

Love,
William and Stephanie
Dominica surges from the sea with soaring peaks that seem to be courting the heavens. Virgin flora covers these dramatic mountains, creating swaths of verdant landscapes. The residue of the fiery forces that created the island thousands of years ago, as part of the Caribbean Ring of Fire, bellows in several hot springs, valleys of steaming earth, and a boiling lake which is the second largest in the world. Along with geothermal wonders come natural coolants: hundreds of pristine rivers and streams web the island's lush terrain. Pure rainwater sets brooks and cascades into motion by rushing down picturesque cliffs.

Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-eek-a) sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The island's official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica, which is mostly referenced in official communication to distinguish the island from its northerly Caribbean sister, the Dominican Republic. The indigenous Carib Indians named the island Waitukubuli which means "tall is her body" in the carib language.

The island is sparsely populated with around 70,000 people inhabiting its 289.5 square miles. A significant portion of the population lives in and around the capital city, Roseau. Dominica is an arcadia of unspoiled nature. Tropical forest coats two thirds of the island, which nourishes 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls abound, fed by the islands high annual rainfall. Its volcanic physique points to extensive geothermal activity above and below sea level. Our Morne Trois Pitons National Park was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean.

The island is one of only a couple in the Caribbean still with populations of the pre-Columbian Carib Indians. About 80% of the population is Roman Catholic. English is the official language, spoken with a melodic French lilt, but a large portion of the population speaks Kw%uFFFDy%uFFFDl (Creole), with a few northern villages speaking Kokoy.

As you know, we both love an active travel experience with plenty of culture. We have heard great things about the island of Dominica including its natural wonders and rich cultural heritage that combined, make it an exceptional ecotourism destination.

We decided to focus most of our time on the southeast portion of the island and at an amazing place called Jungle Bay Resort & Spa. This intimate resort has jungle cottages built into a seaside cliff and has received top reviews as a luxury eco-resort from publications like New York Times Travel, Travel and Leisure, Outside, and Conde Naste. They have a very strong social and environmental mission while providing a once in a lifetime experience for its guests.

We can't tell you how excited we are for this honeymoon. We've included some of the activities and experiences we'll be enjoying just below. Thank you so much for your gift.

Love,
William and Stephanie
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A hike to Boiling Lake and the Valley of Desolation - This exploration will take us to the famous wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site with stops along the way that include hot water pools and the famous Titou Gorge.
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A waterproof camera case is essential for our waterfall exploring.
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As you know, we easily get lost so we hope to be prepared for our exploration of the backroads and trails of Dominica.
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Caribbean Cooking Class - Learn how to prepare local Caribbean cuisine and take "a taste of Jungle Bay" home with us!
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Dominica Rum Shop Heritage Tour - We will explore a primitive bay oil distillery which uses traditional fire wood technique and learn about the harvesting and production of natural bay oil. From there we head over to Nick's local bar to sample some local
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Dominican Heritage Music - Time for some cultural entertainment and to learn the traditional Dominican dances!
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Jungle Bay's spa is high on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We have scheduled a daily couple massage in the later afternoon for our entire stay. We could not think of a better way to end a a day of adventure and prepare for the evening.
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Ocean Kayaking - We will be spending one afternoon on the turquoise waters of Grande Bay to paddle and snorkel. Grande Bay is surrounded by a scenic coastline of mountains and coconut trees.
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Sari Sari Waterfall - We will hike along the banks fo Sari Sari River under the rainforest canopy while scrambling over rocks and boulders and making three river crossings. At the end, we will enjoy a swim in the waterfall pool.
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Snorkeling at Champagne Beach - Time for our masks and fins for a chance to see underwater volcanic vents and numerous sea creatures. We also may see the resident sea turtle!
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The ultimate digital SLR will help us capture our honeymoon adventures. The Nikon D80 will make sure we don't miss a shot!
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Victoria Falls Hike - We will walk along and through the scenic White River, climb boulders up to the falls and swim in a therapeutic pool under a thunderous waterfall.
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We will need the best gear for our hikes including these durable rain jackets.
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