By Chantelle Wilson. I have always heard about the famous Gasparee Caves Down the Islands and for a long time I really wanted to go. Earlier this year, I went by my hairdresser and one of her clients was talking about how she and her church group recently had a lime down Gasparee. While I was eavesdropping on their conversation I finally found out how to organise a trip of my own.
The very next day in work at T&TEC I asked a bunch of people if they ever heard about or went to Gasparee Caves. I also asked a couple of my other friends the same thing. I really was just thinking of a small group, possibly ten people, but that number turned into 23 because everyone either brought a sister, brother, cousin, husband or best friend. And even though the process of making sure people were going – the collection of money to make down payments and organising the trip – was tiring, it was definitely worth it. The girls organised the food and the boys the drinks. We had vodka, scotch, orange juice, and soda. We made fried wings, sandwiches and other finger foods. All of this was for a supposedly four-hour trip.
On the way to the island everyone was really anticipating how the place would be. We were also trying to imagine what life would be like living on one the islands we passed. When we arrived we met the tour guide who took us up to a house where we put down our bags, coolers and other stuff. The walk to the house felt never ending. It felt like we were exercising while walking up the hill but the scenery was really nice.
At the house everyone immediately started to eat, drink, talk, laugh and really enjoy themselves. Ayanna Best thanked everyone for coming, then she presented Shervon Bushell with a birthday cheese cake, a gift on behalf of the T&TEC team, and everyone sang the Happy Birthday song. It was a little surprise we prepared for him as his birthday was the day before.
Time to go down to the Gasparee Caves
The tour guide then told us it was time to go down to the Gasparee Caves. When we heard “caves” we were really thinking of something small with two little bats flying around and a shallow pool of water to just put in our feet. Little did we know that the cave was going to be this huge underground amazing place.
Walking down into the Gasparee Caves was scary at first but when we were deep inside everyone was like “wow.” The structure really gave that “horror movie” finish but it was fascinating to see that our little country had such an awesome site. The water inside the cave was crystal clear where even though it was about seven to 14 feet deep we could actually see right down to the bottom. When the light from an opening on top hit the waters, the reflection on the walls seemed as if there were tiny mirrors just sparkling in different colours.
To show how deep the water was the tour guide jumped in first, then Ayanna followed. Like a domino effect everyone joined them. The buoyancy of the water even allowed people who couldn’t swim to come in because they would always stay afloat. It then became a photo fiesta. There were group shots, single shots, shots with husbands and wives, and with best friends. The tour guide gave us some stories of the place and of other groups that came. He was really friendly and in turn we offered him drinks and food.
After a good while in the cave it was time for us to leave. So we all came out the water, walked around to see the rest of the cave and of course took some more pictures. We went to the house, changed our clothes and prepared to leave. This trip was definitely worth it. I would recommend every Trinbagonian or visitor to make a visit, especially with good, mad, fun friends like I did.
November 2012 – Issue 2 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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