Monday, August 29, 2011

More on Provo

Went on a guided tour yesterday with a local. There are a couple of island "treasures" that they don't advertise to the tourists. One is a giant sink hole that must be 50 feet in diameter and at least 150 feet deep. It has water in the bottom that rises and falls with the tides. The local kids jump into it, occasionally breaking a back, and then climb out with this long rope someone has tied to a tree. No thanks. Interesting, and a little scary.

The other "treasure" is located on the top of a hill overlooking the south-west entrance to the island. There are a number of rocks that have names and dates carved onto them. Some of the dates are very vague but go back to the late 1700s. The belief is that these are either the names and dates of shipwrecked sailors or locals watching for shipwrecks. One written in 1812 or 1816 gives the name and note: “burnt at sea”. Really very interesting. I can only imagine how forlorn someone would be shipwrecked on this island way back then. Wonder what happened to them. Or are their bones moldering in the sandstone somewhere on the island?

Well, that's the excitement from here. I am starting to think about returning to T&C after visiting Stan and Susan in the Dominican Republic. I may explore the conditions for being a boat captain for a while, maybe just through hurricane season. Don't know but will try to get more information on this week.

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