Come along with us once again as we go back 'down de islands' ... on memory lane.
Read all about it and re-live the adventure!
|Waiting for the Second Trip|
We're always interested when students get the opportunity to experience theory by getting out of walled classrooms. This is when learning becomes practical and meaningful.
Field-trips have the potential to merge the words with the reality, while mixing in a lot of fun and and a little adventure. What do you bet that this was one field-trip these students will never forget!
Gaspar Grande, also called Gasparee, is certainly off the beaten path. A few call it home, many more view it from the mainland as an exotic, mysterious place and some make their way there or thereabouts for leisurely, educational or other ventures.
Long before TrailSpots, the last trip to Gaspar Grande. which locals call ' down de islands' and the Gasparee Caves, happened several years ago. After viewing T.'s pics from a more recent field-trip, the memory of that long ago visit to Gasparee Island and the limestone caves returned ... fresh and haunting as ever!
Our group had crossed over in a open fishing boat back then. This hooded one looked much more comfortable and equipped with devices in compliance with safety standards.
The view, of course, is always stunning!
|Crossing to Gaspar Grande|
|Centipede Island up ahead|
|Passing by to Centipede Island|
Except for Pumpkin, a friendly four-legged resident of Gaspar Grande and Tour-guide C., who was not around on my last visit, all the cave features I remembered were present in even more dramatic form.
Some of stalactites and stalagmites were in early stage formation, while others looked mature and presented like natural works of art, which they are.
|Happy welcome from the resident dog, Pumpkin|
The sign-boards provide useful information about the island and the caves. Be sure to click and read them.
|Holes possibly formed from collapsed stalactite|
|Look up! Stalactites in formation ... and bats!|
|Stalactites in living color; natural art|
The cave walls still looked damp and impenetrable. I was told that what I remembered as dark water at the bottom of the cave was now quite clear. It must be the effect of the cave lights! Yet, the lights seemed to add to the atmosphere of mystery in which nature quietly does her best work.
Let's just take in the images of these stunning and enduring cave formations!
|The cave 'bedroom' ... all lit up!|
This was a refreshing vicarious visit for me, which T. was excited to share with you. I was told that the trip ended with a splash ... several splashes actually!
Feel free to return and enjoy glimpses of the Gasparee Caves; a 'T-Spot' just off the north-western tip of Trinidad - 'down de islands' ... or better yet, pay a visit!
Thanks for the welcome Pumpkin!
More information about this heritage site may be requested from the Chaguaramas Development Authorities (CDA) and the Chaguaramas National Heritage Park authorities.