On Thursday May 23 at 8:15 we, François, Fred, Michèle, Carel, Eddy, Hetty and I, parked our cars along the road to Willebrordus in front of the house of the local artist Zanolini. Our target for today's hike was a dry riverbed running between the plantations of Meiberg and Hermanus. Not really a riverbed because Curaçao doesn't have rivers. But in the rainy season all the rain water has to go somewhere and this leads to what is locally called a 'rooi'. This specific rooi doesn't have a name. Another one a bit further to the West has the name Rooi Katoen on the topographical map from the beginning of the 20th century.
Nothing specific was visible on any of the topographical maps so we thought to start just a nature walk without any archaeological finds.
We were joined by someone who lives next to the artist, mister Gabriel Wernet, nickname Pipel. He too likes to walk in the nature.
Before we could enter the rooi we had to find our way through rather dense vegetation. As soon as we started our walk we had the first surprise. There was an old triangulation point from CPIM, the first operator of the refinery on the island. In the neighborhood there were also remnants of a dry stone wall.
The real surprise came when we neared the mountainside. We found several old shells, some tools and also a piece of pottery. Clear indications of indian habitation. probably not a permanent habitation but at least there were indians here in the past. We looked for more signs but these were not abundant. We found another tool and some shell fragments but nothing else.
After a while we reached the rooi. As expected dry in this season. But with clear signs of the force of the water during the rain season.
From there we followed the rooi. Soon we reached a large dam. A large intact wall on both sides perpendicular to the rooi but only a foundation in the rooi itself.
Behind the dam there were several places where the water would have fallen several meters. This would be a nice place to visit in the rain season. Undoubtedly a pretty impressive river will flow here after a period of rainfall.
We found a second more modern dam in the rooi. Probably an older dam that was reinforced with concrete. And we found an impressive open cave as you can see in the picture. The people are dwarfed by the size of this cave. A good place to take a rest.
A bit further we left the rooi to reach the dirt road next to the gate of the Curaçao Oil Terminal. We followed that road back to our cars. That last part took us less than one hour although the distance over the road was about three times as far as through the vegetation and the rooi. Around 1 in the afternoon we reached the cars.
- In blue the track that we walked In blue the track that we walked
- The house of the artist Zanolini The house of the artist Zanolini
- A gas burner used as part of an artwork A gas burner used as part of an artwork
- A CPIM triangulation point A CPIM triangulation point
- A large shell A large shell
- Another (Kiwa) shell Another (Kiwa) shell
- A tool and a piece of pottery A tool and a piece of pottery
- Cacti Cacti
- Fred looks for more Indian signs Fred looks for more Indian signs
- Crystalized calcium Crystalized calcium
- From the top of the cliff an nice view on the Oil Terminal From the top of the cliff an nice view on the Oil Terminal
- Strangely enough we found this piece of roof tile in the rooi Strangely enough we found this piece of roof tile in the rooi
- Mushroom Mushroom
- The rooi carved out by the force of the water The rooi carved out by the force of the water
- The stone wall of the dam The stone wall of the dam
- Fungus on a trunk Fungus on a trunk
- John walking in the rooi (picture Fred) John walking in the rooi (picture Fred)
- Here the water has to fall several meters (picture Fred) Here the water has to fall several meters (picture Fred)
- Pipel taking a rest Pipel taking a rest
- François and Eddy also take a rest François and Eddy also take a rest
- Apparently Fred, Michèle and Carel decided to rest elsewhere Apparently Fred, Michèle and Carel decided to rest elsewhere
- Mos on the rock Mos on the rock
- An impressive cave; Fred, François and Eddy look tiny An impressive cave; Fred, François and Eddy look tiny
- John enjoys the cave too (picture Fred) John enjoys the cave too (picture Fred)
- Colorful stones in the wall of the cave Colorful stones in the wall of the cave
- Flowing or better trickling water made this sculpture Flowing or better trickling water made this sculpture
- Large trees grow along the rooi Large trees grow along the rooi
- The modern dam The modern dam
- The other side is high The other side is high
- Fossilized coral Fossilized coral
- The end of the rooi completely overgrown The end of the rooi completely overgrown
- Be careful, a large Bringamosa Be careful, a large Bringamosa
- Pipel, Eddy and François take a rest in the shadow of a tree Pipel, Eddy and François take a rest in the shadow of a tree
- A strange nest of bees A strange nest of bees
- and other creatures and other creatures
- A different form of the Wayaká A different form of the Wayaká
- For the snail (Drymaeus) it doesn't make a difference For the snail (Drymaeus) it doesn't make a difference
- Old and modern storage tanks of the Curaçao Oil Terminal Old and modern storage tanks of the Curaçao Oil Terminal
- This long road brings us back at the cars This long road brings us back at the cars