To the top of the Seri Pilá

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On Thursday January 24, 2013 we went for a nature walk to the Seri Pilá (Mountain of the pillar). We had a special guest with us this time, André van Proosdij, the author of Arnoldo's Zakflora (pocket flora) for Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. He is born in Curaçao but lives currently in the Netherlands. As you can guess his interest is the plant world of Curaçao. 

Seru Pila 20130124 029 smallThe Seri Pilá is located in the Great Santa Martha plantation. The mountain is just over 100 meters high. On top there is at least one pillar, the Kadaster triangulation point DP46. But that can not be the pillar that gave this mountain its name, so we hope to find something else on this mountain.

We were allowed to park our cars in the yard of a lady that lives close to our starting point. From there we walked through a 'rooi' (natural water channel); soon we saw some construction to the left of the rooi and we went investigating this. It appeared to be a house with a roof that was never completed. The roof was completely gone, only the nails were proof there had been a roof on this building. Only a few poles and a part of the roof construction was left. Close-by we found a modern deep well and a bit further a large square well. Both were no longer operational although both still contained water. We proceeded along the rooi till close to the border with the San Juan plantation. There we went uphill through the dense scrub. We had hoped for a path but couldn't find it so we had to clear a path ourselves. We stayed close to the wall that represents the border between the plantation of San Juan and the plantation of Grand Santa Martha. We had to stay on the Santa Martha side because during a previous walk in the area we got a complaint from the owner of the San Juan plantation that we were not allowed to be on his property.
We followed the border wall till we reached a sub-top at 56 meters. After a resting pause we continued in a direction a bit to the East of the top of the Seri Pilá. A reasonably easy task especially when we found a path. That was apparently the path that we had hoped to find at the start of the walk. From there is was easy to reach the top of the Seri Pilá. Along the road we found a lot of Kibrahacha's, a kind of tree that shows bright yellow flowers after a period of rain. At the moment there are already closed buds so apparently the bloom will start shortly. We also saw a typical Divi Divi, a tree well-known from Aruba, that bends because of the steady wind from the North-East. Not as wide-spread as in Aruba and certainly not in the typical bent shape.
At the top of the Seri Pilá we found a Kadaster measuring point without the normal identification and we found the expected triangulation point. That was positioned next to the stone wall.
There François, Fred, Dirk and I waited for the others to reach this point. Taking pictures of all the flowers and plants along the path took the others a lot of time. When they arrived we got an explanation from André about some of the plants that he found.
When everyone was recovered we went back along the path to find out where it started. That appeared to be close to the point where we entered the rooi. We missed it because it was a short distance before the point where we started. Good to know for a next visit.