Knip - Juliana

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Knip 20141120 025 smallI never knew there was a region in Curaçao with the name Juliana; probably you are as surprised as I were. Fred found this area when he was looking for a target for our next hike. There is a tanki indicated on the Werbata map in the area Juliana, South of the bay of Kleine Knip. So we decided to go looking for this tanki. We, a small group of the archaeology leuths, Karel Aster, Eddy, Fred and I parked our cars at the plantation house of Knip and went from there over the asfaltroad in the direction of the bay of Kleine Knip.

Close to the bay we entered the vegetation. At first it looked as if there was a path but soon this disappeared and we had to fight our way through a rather dense vegetation; especially large fields of Prickly pear were difficult to pass. Also the tough vines of the Palu di lechi made our progress slow.

Soon we found a dam, not indicated on the Werbata map and also not on the more recent Kadaster map of 1993. Closeby we found part of a foundation of a small building. No rooftiles in that area, so the purpose of the building is unclear.

The tanki was empty; so even with the amount of rain of the recent weeks there was not enough water to make a pool. Apparently the ground was so dry that all the water disappeared in the ground. Scratching the surface showed that only the toplayer was a bit moist. Underneath the ground was dry. In the tanki we found a lot of bottles and some shells. On the North side of the tanki there was a wall of large stones; that wall was also indicated on the map. We took a break in the shadow of some trees before we continued.

Eddy had seen a large number of dams on the topographical map of 1962. These maps are not present on the Werbata map, so they are probably from a later date. They are also not present on the Kadaster map of 1993 but that map is mainly created from arial photo's so anything that was hidden under the vegetation is not indicated on that map.
We went in the direction of the area with the dams. Once again not an easy task. The vegetation was even denser than in the first part of our hike. Instead of a straight line towards the target we had to go there where nature allowed us a more easy path through the vegetation. The progress became even slower when we found nice mushrooms along our path; of course these had to be photographed.
We crossed a stone wall and arrived in the area where the dams were indicated on the map. We didn't find any clear indication of these dams. Just some small differences in height in the underground. It could be that these dams are eroded away or that the area was cleared for the development of the Jerimi resort. Closeby we found the first asphalt road of this development project even though we were still in the area of the former Knip plantation.

We followed the asphalt road in the direction of the coast. There we found a device that the meteo uses to measure weather condition at high altitude. This is a disposable instrument that is connected to a balloon; it ascends to 30.000 meters while measuring several weather parameters; these parameters are transmitted to a ground station. At a certain altitude the balloon pops and the instrument descends on a parachute. This is not the first one that we find during our hikes. But this a recent one; the battery pack indicated a date of March 3, 2014.

Along the coast we found a small path, probably created by fishermen; we followed this path back to the bay of Kleine Knip. Close to the South of the bay we crossed the fort that was located there in the past to defend this bay. Another small fort is on the Northern side of the bay.
From there we descended to the bay, where we took a break; then we followed the asphalt road back to the plantation house.