On Thursday June 18, 2015 the Archaeology sleuths gathered at Hofi Mango. We parked our cars there with permission from Alex and Ria Ooms and went to the other side of the road to start our hike. Our goal for this day where two nameless hills on that side of the road. Opposite Hofi Mango a dirt road, constructed by Aqualectra to maintain the power lines, starts. We followed that road to the top of a first hill with a height of 61.6 meters. From there we had a nice view on Hofi Mango with the sugar mill. The road was well-maintained so we had an easy hike. But from that first top the dirt road disappeared. We followed the power lines till we reached a point where it seemed to be easier to go directly to the top of the second hill. That hill is 121.8 meters high. On that top a triangulation point from Kadaster is positioned.
Higher on that hill we found an increasing amount of Infrou (Prickly pear cactus); Dense fields of these cacti made it increasingly difficult to proceed uphill. Finding our way around fields of Bromelias and fighting our way through the fields of Prickly pear we finally reached the top. There we found a rather low Kadaster triangulation point. At the foot of the official triangulation point we found two more (secondary) copper points each embedded in a patch of concrete. And to our surprise we found a third secondary point several meters away from the Kadaster point. Maybe the vegetation got so dense that the official black-white triangulation point was no longer visible from the neighboring hills and this third point was constructed as an alternative. The identification of the Kadaster triangulation point is DP52.
After a break on the top we continued our hike. We went downhill via the East side of the hill. There appeared to be a path, maybe used by Kadaster to reach the triangulation point. Around half past eleven we reached our starting point, Hofi Mango. A relatively short hike.
- Our track projected on the Kadaster map of 1993 Our track projected on the Kadaster map of 1993
- The historical grave in Hofi Mango The historical grave in Hofi Mango
- First part of our hike is easy because of an Aqualectra dirtroad First part of our hike is easy because of an Aqualectra dirtroad
- View of the sugarmill from the side of the first hill View of the sugarmill from the side of the first hill
- View on Hofi Mango with the sugarmill from the first hill top View on Hofi Mango with the sugarmill from the first hill top
- View in the other direction; the top to the left is our target View in the other direction; the top to the left is our target
- Nice Brasia Nice Brasia
- Eddy and Fred are following me through the vegetation Eddy and Fred are following me through the vegetation
- A hoe on the slope of the second hill; was there agriculture on this slope? A hoe on the slope of the second hill; was there agriculture on this slope?
- Nice field of Bromelia's Nice field of Bromelia's
- Not so nice field of Prickly pear that we need to cross Not so nice field of Prickly pear that we need to cross
- Dense vegetation Dense vegetation
- The triangulation point DP52 on top The triangulation point DP52 on top
- Two secondary points on the side Two secondary points on the side
- A third secondary triangulation point some meters from the main point A third secondary triangulation point some meters from the main point
- Detail of the third point Detail of the third point
- A break on the top A break on the top
- Carel on top of the triangulation point Carel on top of the triangulation point
- Moss on a dead tree trunk Moss on a dead tree trunk
- View from the top towards Santa Crus bay View from the top towards Santa Crus bay
- This orchid has a fruit This orchid has a fruit
- Another break on our way back Another break on our way back
- Lichen on a rock Lichen on a rock
- This Wabi is full in bloom This Wabi is full in bloom
- Unequal fight: car against cactus; the car lost apparently Unequal fight: car against cactus; the car lost apparently