Sunday was a beautiful day. The temperature was about 82 with a nice breeze. Soft, puffy cumulus clouds dotted the blue sky. It was a day begging for an outdoor adventure. The nearest "park" for walking trails is in a small village called Crooked Tree. This is an extremely friendly Kriol village where the standard fare at the single restaurant is "boil up" and the residents boast of living on the island for 5, 6, and 8 generations. A 3.5 mile causeway (built in 1984) joins the island with the Northern Highway. The main attraction? A large fresh water lagoon (lake) that happens to be the annual resting spot for many migrating birds. It's a nature lover's paradise.
About 2 miles down the causeway we ran into a little snag...it was under two+ feet of water. We discussed walking through the water (very briefly) and then noticed a woman standing nearby. My intuition told me she was waiting for a boat. (There are not usually boat rides here, but the villagers have created a system of boat taxis to take the people from the end-of-the-road to the island.) She said a man was coming to pick her up and would arrive any minute...and... there would be enough room for us. (What good timing!)
|Waiting for the boat.|
We had planned to walk along the forest trails that border the edge of the lagoon but they were also under three feet of water so we walked the island and took pictures. The picture to the right is of a cashew tree. One cashew nut grows on the bottom of each cashew fruit. The fruit is sour but makes a delicious popular wine. Because there are so many cashew trees on the island, they have an annual festival the first week of May celebrating various cashew products. (I hope the water goes down by then!)
|This is the Audubon Center that is usually 50 feet from the edge of the lagoon.|
|Chelsea is not in these picture because she had other plans. So she missed this trip but will join us next time.|
|Cute smiles on adorable "Pikni" ("children" in Kriol).|