On Thursday December 11, 2014 we visited Hofi Mango for a second time. The first time in April 2011 was made possible by Dirk who got permission from the people that live here; this time we visited for two reasons; we hoped to find the indigo tanks of Santa Cruz and we celebrated the last hike of Dirk. He is moving back to The Netherlands by the end of this month.
At 8 AM the gate was opened for us and we parked our cars next to the sugar mill. Some of us got a short tour through the restored sugar mill. After a short while we started our search for the indigo tanks. They are supposed to be downwind from the plantation house and in the neighborhood of water. So we went in Westerly direction where a number of roi's can be found on the Werbata map.
Because of the rain season the nature is very lush. We stayed mainly on paths so the hike was not very difficult. In the area where we hoped to find the indigo tanks we didn't find anything. We continued our hike through and sometimes next to a roi where we especially looked at the bottom part of the slope. Indigo tanks need a bit of a slope because the water has to flow from the top tank (rotting tank) into the middle tank (beating tank) and then, at the end of the process, into the small bottom tank (catch tank). But also there no traces of an indigo tank. At one place we found a wall, not the normal straight wall that was used to separate areas or as a border between plantations, but a small wall with a straight section and on both ends a curved section. But no plaster on any of the sides, just stacked rocks. It is unclear to us what this structure is used for.
After a while we decided to go back to the area where a few wells are indicated on the map. A very nice area with a lot of trees, mango trees, coconut trees, Barba di yonkuman and also some Kapok trees. And high grass next to the roi.
We found a well that was not marked on the map and Hetty decided to inspect the mill that is used to pump up the water. The others took the traditional apple break. After I ate my apple I decided to go looking for the well that is indicated on the map. I didn't find it at the indicated spot. Apparently the map is off in this area and the well with the mill is the one that is marked on the map.
We continued our hike in the direction of the Seru Warawara but decided after a short while to save that area for a third visit. We went back to the sugar mill where we enjoyed the drinks and snacks that Dirk had prepared for us. After a few speeches and presents this last hike with Dirk came to an end. We all wish him the best in The Netherlands and expect him to join us on his vacations to Curaçao.
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- Our track through Hofi Mango Our track through Hofi Mango
- The restored old sugar mill The restored old sugar mill
- The grave of Willem van Uytrecht The grave of Willem van Uytrecht
- The grave The grave
- Flower of a Tuna-like cactus Flower of a Tuna-like cactus
- Large mango trees give the hofi its name Large mango trees give the hofi its name
- Remnants of a dead Tuna cactus Remnants of a dead Tuna cactus
- Nice flowers everywhere Nice flowers everywhere
- A small grasshopper in the flower of the Hibiscus phoenicius A small grasshopper in the flower of the Hibiscus phoenicius
- Very lush vegetation in the hofi Very lush vegetation in the hofi
- Very large Mango trees; look at the size of the people Very large Mango trees; look at the size of the people
- Also here several mushrooms Also here several mushrooms
- Fungi on the trunk of a tree Fungi on the trunk of a tree
- Strange wall; straight section with two curved ends Strange wall; straight section with two curved ends
- Spider at the underside of a rock Spider at the underside of a rock
- Tiny flowers Tiny flowers
- Hetty inspecting the mill on the well Hetty inspecting the mill on the well
- Time for a break Time for a break
- Barba di Yonkuman with two yonkuman beneath it Barba di Yonkuman with two yonkuman beneath it
- Another mango tree Another mango tree
- Tiny insect in a small flower Tiny insect in a small flower
- This tree had a good defense mechanism This tree had a good defense mechanism
- Small caterpillar on my hand Small caterpillar on my hand
- Kareljan thanks Dirk with a gift Kareljan thanks Dirk with a gift
- A special coin found in the asphalt lake A special coin found in the asphalt lake
- Also Eddy has a gift for Dirk Also Eddy has a gift for Dirk
- François hands over the gift from the group François hands over the gift from the group
- The book about the Mediator The book about the Mediator
- Dirk's farewell speech Dirk's farewell speech