Cruising: Day 7 – Trinidad & Tobago

We went ashore today on the island of Trinidad. Our excursion took us up into the hills about an hour’s drive from the port to a nature preserve by the name of Asa Wright. The drive was interesting in the fact that they drive on the left side of the road, or at least they’re supposed to. I think we spent about 85% of the time on the right side swerving in and around traffic and potholes. The ride up the mountain was even more of an adventure considering it was hairpin turn after hairpin turn with oncoming traffic on a road just a bit wider than the van we were in. There were a few close calls, but we made it safely to the preserve only to wonder what the drive down the mountain would be like.

The nature preserve is home to over 400 different species of birds, and several species of animals that are native to the area. Our tour began out on the veranda of the former home of Asa Wright and her husband that is now used as the visitor’s center. Down below the veranda were various stations set up with fruit and breads to attract the birds in for a closer look. Needless to say, it worked. There were a lot of birds buzzing around. Birds as large as a foot in height down to the smallest of hummingbirds. The colors were amazing on some of them.

After spending some time on the veranda we walked downstairs to a footpath for a walk that lasted about an hour. We ventured into the rainforest looking for other birds and wildlife. A tiger lizard greeted us at the top of the path, and farther down we encountered a porcupine sleeping on a vine about 100 feet or so from the path. There were a few birds in the dense trees, but it was difficult to really see them due to the cover of the leaves and branches. The plants were impressive as well.

After our walk we headed back to the ship. There were a few little tents set up outside the pier for local crafts and such. We bought an island CD so we’d have music from the trip to use for the slideshows we’ll create once we go through all of our photos. Nothing else interested us much, but it seemed to be quite a busy place.

We’re going to crash early tonight since we have another early tour tomorrow in Barbados.

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