Second visit to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara resort 20150416 024 smallOn Thursday April 16, 2015 we visited Santa Barbara for a second time. Last time we found the indigo tanks and some waterworks but we didn't have time to go farther to the South where we expected to find more Indian sites. So we asked once again permission from the management to enter the property. The permission was given and on this Thursday a group consisting of François, Fred, Hetty, Karel Aster, Carel de Haseth, Eliane Haseth, André Rancuret and I met on the parking lot in front of the sales office.
After announcing our presence to the guards at the gate we started our hike. We took a route a bit more northerly than last time where we hoped to find more mahogany trees. We did find a few but not the forest that we hoped to see.

Then we continued our hike in the direction of the indigo tank systems that we discovered last time. Not everyone in today's group was present last time so this was a good occasion to show the indigo tanks to them. There we took our first break.
We proceeded in Southern direction closer to the shore of the Spanish water than last time. We had to walk through high grass for some time. We couldn't reach the shore because of dense mangrove vegetation. We found several dams in this area among which one very long dam that is indicated on the Werbata map. This dam has two corners in it and is actually longer than the dam that is on the Werbata map. Part of the extension of the dam is made from old building remains and remains of a water tank. On the dam we found the rather rare Mammillaria mammillaris cactus. We find these mostly on hills growing on the limestone rocks. Apparently they feel also at home on limestone rocks in a dam at sea level.
To the end of the dam we found a ruin of a rectangular building; this has probably been some kind of storage building. If there has been salt production in this area then it could have been a salt storage building. Close to it we found a site with many very old shells; also the Melongena melongena was present in this site which indicates that this is a very old indian site.
When we went back in the direction of the entrance we found a second smaller indian site also with Melongena shells. This site was farther from the shore so either the indians went picknicking here or the sea was closer to this site in the past.

We concluded our hike early this time because we had a celebration planned in Pops place at the Caracasbay. Two of the sleuths celebrated their birthday; the food was good, the drinks also and most importantly it is always good to celebrate amongst friends.