On the second day of the Tobago trip, we drove around the entire island and stopped at a TON of places along the way.
Quick note: Rather than add captions to half of these photos, I’ll just tell you now that a lot of these pictures were taken by Keeshan! You can read about some of his outdoor adventures on Trail Pace.
Our first stop was Argyle waterfall. There was a mandatory admission fee that included a guide if we wanted one, so we chose to have one since we were paying for it either way. We definitely didn’t need one in terms of the trail since it was very clear where we were supposed to go, but it was awesome to learn about some of the local plants and birds. The only bird I remember is the blue crowned motmot which is quite pretty and, as you may have guessed, has a blue crown. The guide mostly told us about trees, but he also showed us a ground provision called tania or tanya. I guess it’s not commonly used since I’ve never heard of it before, but I’d love to try to cook some. One think I really like about Trinidad and Tobago is the fact that there are so many different fruits and vegetables that grow here that I’d never really heard of or tried before.
The guide told us that the waterfall had 17 levels, but we only went up to level four. As you can see, each level change was a little trek all on its own.
Another highlight of the Argyle waterfall was that a stray dog loyally followed us the whole way, even up the really steep parts. Apparently in T&T stray dogs are called “potongs.”
After Argyle we went to Flagstaff Hill for lunch. I don’t know if the hill is second or third or any tallest ranked hill in Tobago, but Kevan said that at least I could put that it is the Northeastest most hill. So there you go.
Fun highlight: There was a radio tower that you could just walk up to and climb if you had the inclination. (I’m sure that wasn’t they intention, but hey, it was there.) Look how far up Kevan climbed!
Look I climbed really high too!
Haha just kidding no I did not.
Anyway, we ate lunch on a very sunken in bench and looked out over the bush. “Bush” loosely means “wildly growing plants.” Example one: When I have something compostable like an orange peel, Kevan says to throw it “into the bush,” where the bush is grass cuttings and plants in his yard. Example two: We go on hikes “through the bush” where the bush is all of the plants and trees that are growing naturally. Example three: His grandma said that her grandchildren grew “like bush.”
We went to Pirate’s Bay and walked down some very slippery steps to the beach. We snorkeled there and it was awesome. Snorkeling is becoming one of my new favorite things, though I’ve technically only gone three ish times for real. Growing up in a completely land-locked area, my main experiences with water were swimming pools, which of course lack waves and are chlorinated. I tried snorkeling once last year and did a bad job. That was try #1. Breathing around the salt water in the tube made my throat scratchy, and being far from where I could touch the bottom was scary. This year we had two really good snorkeling outings in Tobago. I’m more confident in the water this year, I think as a result of an accumulation of many little swimming experiences and practice. This year, having the snorkel wasn’t scary anymore, and it made me more confident to swim out farther. When you snorkel you are just floating on your stomach, face down with the tube sticking up out of the water. It’s much easier than swimming because your position is very natural and you don’t have to fight to keep yourself or your head up. I am still far from being a good snorkeler, but I’d like to keep doing it.
As the day went on I lost track of where we went. Where is this? I do not know.
Fort something, which had two cannons and a gazebo.
When the sun is out, everything has the most beautiful colors.
I don’t remember the name of this waterfall either. We walked across a field with goats to get to this little hike.
And we’ll end with some boats.
I don’t remember exactly what we did that evening, but I think it involved eating leftovers and going to bed at around 8:30. A full day of activities will do that to you. I find it kind of funny that we only really have days like these when we visit new places. Okay, it makes sense that if we lived in Tobago, we could have done all of these things over the course of many days. But 1) would we have? and 2) is that better? When you live somewhere, you have the tendency to think that you have all the time in the world to do a thing/visit a place. But suddenly you’re moving somewhere else because of a job or school, and you never did that thing. (Or perhaps you live your whole life in that place and then you’re 70 and thinking about how you never did that thing and now you’re too old.) In conclusion, do the things.