Cas Abou is a plantation that we have visited many times, but there are still areas where we didn't go. One of these areas is a large roi to the East of the plantation house. According to the Werbata map from 1909 there are four dams built in this roi to create an area where the water was kept for a longer period after the rain. In this way agriculture was possible there. Always an interesting area to visit. According to the map the dams would have been constructed as earthen dams.
We, François, Fred, Carel, Eddy, Hetty, Chris and I met at 8 AM at the parking lot of the plantation house Cas Abou. Carel had invited two guests for this hike, Winnie and Frits.
To get to the start of the roi we walked first towards a well that we have visited in the past. During our last visit to this well we took a stair with us to get inside the well. This time there was water in that well, murky because of the loose sand that we had found at the bottom of the well but at least there was still water.
From there we went in the direction of a small hill; a peculiar hobby of the sleuths; we want to stand on every hilltop in every area that we visit. So also this time. It was not always easy to find our way through the vegetation. There was an undergrowth of Prickly pear and we encountered also Wabi, Palu di lele and Brasia, all with spines.
The view from the top of the hill was disappointing. The hill was about 35 meters high and fully covered with plants, so there was not much of a view.
We continued to the area where the dams should be. Our GPS's are very valuable in such a case because by setting a waypoint at our target the GPS shows us the direction. Because of the dense and prickly vegetation we are not always able to follow a straight line but the GPS will always direct us to the target. The only problem can be that the map is not accurate. That appeared to be the case this time. Arriving at the destination according to the GPS didn't reveal the dam. By searching in the area we soon found the first dam. A low straight line of piled-up stones; in the past probably covered with soil.
We took our apple break next to the dam. After the break we continued our hike in the roi. We found the four dams that are marked on the Werbata map. To our surprise we found also a large stone dam with abutments to the West of the last dam on the map. This dam was not present on the Werbata map, but also on none of our other maps (1962 and 1993). It is a large object, probably built after the completion of the Werbata map; so that explains why it is not present on that map. But it should have been marked on the other Kadaster maps. It is far larger than the four other dams that we found.
Continuing through the roi we found another two dams also not present on any map and a tanki which was already marked on the Werbata map.
The tanki is close to the old road from Porto Marie to Cas Abou. We tried to follow that road back to the plantation house of Cas Abou, but there is almost no trace of the road left. Not really a problem. After a while we reached the present dirt road to the beach and we followed that road back to our cars.
After the hike most of the sleuths went for a drink at Toko Willebrord before going home. Once again a nice hike.
- Our track projected on the Werbata map Our track projected on the Werbata map
- Flowers of the Morning glory (Yerba di glas) Flowers of the Morning glory (Yerba di glas)
- A nice Brasilwood tree A nice Brasilwood tree
- Flowers of the Yerba di pataka (Jacquemontia cumanensis) Flowers of the Yerba di pataka (Jacquemontia cumanensis)
- Inside the flower a small bug Inside the flower a small bug
- The well that we visited in the past The well that we visited in the past
- This time there is water in the well This time there is water in the well
- Nice seed pods Nice seed pods
- This Calabash tree has lots of fruits This Calabash tree has lots of fruits
- A weather probe A weather probe
- Flowers of the Watapana shimaron / Mata di galiña Flowers of the Watapana shimaron / Mata di galiña
- Kabuya di makutu (Cardiospermum corindum) Kabuya di makutu (Cardiospermum corindum)
- The fruits of the Kabuya di makutu The fruits of the Kabuya di makutu
- Fruits of the Watakeli Fruits of the Watakeli
- The vegetation is rather dense The vegetation is rather dense
- A row of Palu di sia (Gum tree) A row of Palu di sia (Gum tree)
- Lots of Prickly pear on our path Lots of Prickly pear on our path
- The first of the dams that we found The first of the dams that we found
- Time for a break; François with out two guests Time for a break; François with out two guests
- A second dam A second dam
- This Prickly pear has a flower This Prickly pear has a flower
- Large Kadushi (left) and Palu di sia (right) on top of the dam Large Kadushi (left) and Palu di sia (right) on top of the dam
- Another dam Another dam
- Love vine (Hilu di diabel) grows through a Calabash Love vine (Hilu di diabel) grows through a Calabash
- More flowers of the Morning Glory (Yerba di glas) More flowers of the Morning Glory (Yerba di glas)
- Chris is sitting on the large dam Chris is sitting on the large dam
- François does the same; it shows how large this dam is François does the same; it shows how large this dam is
- This dam has abutments to fortify it This dam has abutments to fortify it
- A large tree tries to sit on the dam A large tree tries to sit on the dam
- The left Palu di sia looks a lot less healthy than the right one The left Palu di sia looks a lot less healthy than the right one
- Yet another dam Yet another dam
- Tanki Tanki
- The wreck of a pickup truck The wreck of a pickup truck
- A water tank A water tank
- Sprocket-wheel Sprocket-wheel