On 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.
- In blue our track of today; in red the track of our previous visit In blue our track of today; in red the track of our previous visit
- Two large Kadushi cacti (Candle cacti) Two large Kadushi cacti (Candle cacti)
- Carel show how big this Bringamosa is Carel show how big this Bringamosa is
- François enters the Manzaliña forest François enters the Manzaliña forest
- A tanki in the roi A tanki in the roi
- Fungus; leftover from the rain period Fungus; leftover from the rain period
- Taking a rest near the Indigo tank systems Taking a rest near the Indigo tank systems
- A dam artly covered in grass A dam artly covered in grass
- Nice pattern in one of the rocks in the dam Nice pattern in one of the rocks in the dam
- We had to walk through the high grass We had to walk through the high grass
- Skinny tree Skinny tree
- Nice color variations Nice color variations
- View on the table mountain View on the table mountain
- Another large dam Another large dam
- Part of the dam Part of the dam
- This area is under water in the rain period; in the background the country house and the Table mountain This area is under water in the rain period; in the background the country house and the Table mountain
- Even here we find Mammillaria mammillaris Even here we find Mammillaria mammillaris
- A corner in the dam A corner in the dam
- Remnant of a water tank; dumped here Remnant of a water tank; dumped here
- More building debris More building debris
- Panoramic view on the Table mountain Panoramic view on the Table mountain
- The country house of Santa Barbara The country house of Santa Barbara
- A sluice in a dam A sluice in a dam
- Ruin of maybe a (salt) storage building Ruin of maybe a (salt) storage building
- Floor and remnants of a wall of the storage building Floor and remnants of a wall of the storage building
- Detail of the wall with plaster Detail of the wall with plaster
- Mangroves in the Spanish Water Mangroves in the Spanish Water
- Panoramic view of the Spanish Water Panoramic view of the Spanish Water
- Melongena melongena; an old indian site Melongena melongena; an old indian site
- More old shells More old shells
- A dry well A dry well
- The sleuths pass through the old entrance gate of the Mining company The sleuths pass through the old entrance gate of the Mining company
- Another dam with an overflow Another dam with an overflow
- Well Well