Day Six – Barbados – Above and Below

Trip Start Jun 25, 2005
Trip End Jul 06, 2005

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Flag of Barbados  , Christ Church,
Saturday, July 2, 2005

We started out going to see the lighthouse at Ragged Point. It was built in 1875.  Most of the support buildings were in ruins.  The lighthouse was in need of upkeep.  The main building attached to the tower was locked, but I found a door that had been pried open.  I went in and saw sleeping bags and other evidence of people being there.  I wasn't sure I wanted to stay inside, but I wanted to see if I could get into the tower.  I could see the doorway, but there was a large steel bar door that seemed to be in place.  I probably would not have gotten Kim in here anyways!

We went back up to Bathsheba.  This time, we went into the town.  In the mushroom-like rocks, there were several tide pools that were deep enough for us to get in.  The pools were full of locals and they didn’t seem to mind that we were there.  We swam around and soaked in the pools for a while.

We were going to visit Harrison’s Cave in the interior of the island.  On the way, we could see the older traditional Chattle houses.  In the old days, they could be moved from one plantation to another when the owners changed jobs.  Occasionally, you could see new modern (more expensive) houses next to the Chattle houses.  There were no rich housing developments.  Everyone was mixed together.

Kim was very interested in getting some pottery and we saw some signs and followed a road up a hill to find a building for a local pottery.  We had found the Chalky Mountain Potteries in the parish of Saint Andrew.  After a bit of bargaining, we got a few pieces.

When we got to Harrison’s Cave, we were put into a tram.  Once we entered the cave, I was very happy.  It was much cooler.  Being in a car with no doors, on an island with high humidity, and in the summer, made it very uncomfortable for me.  The tram stopped a few times to let us out to see some formations.  It was a good tour and the formations were very nice.  This was one of the best caves we have visited.  I really liked the formations in the creek that flowed through the cave.

I guess we were not finished pottery shopping.  We found the Earthworks Pottery in the parish of Saint Thomas.  It was closed, but there was someone else from the cave tour in the parking lot as we pulled in.  They decided to open for us.  Kim and I found several pieces we wanted and there wasn’t much bargaining to had here.  We paid almost full price.

We wanted to snorkel on a reef, so we went to the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum.  Kim was a little freaked out about snorkeling and did a lot of standing.  I went out as far as I could without getting too far from Kim.  There were not many colorful coral, but there were many fish and coral formations to look at.  I wish we could have stayed a little longer.

Kim had seen some reports on the fish market and fry in Ostins.  I’m not much of a fish person, but it looked intriguing.  There were several open booths selling different seafood specialties.  It was good choice for dinner.  After we ate, we saw more booths and wanted to get their food.
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