We returned to Blowing Hole today via a shorter path from the road. This is our final section of the Crossing Place Trail (and links) west of Conch Bar excluding the now completely overgrown part to the actual crossing place itself. We had expected the trail to be more overgrown than it was so with cutlasses (the local name for machete) and newly bought secateurs at the ready we set out. We still spent a while on the route clearing back some of the vegetation. Some plants such as sea grape grow fast but are very easy to cut while some of the other things are somewhat harder and more time-consuming to trim.
The path leads through some low scrub before coming out onto saltmarsh areas then onto the dunes beyond. The sea has been whipped up again by the fresh and persistent breezes that we have had of late and last night’s heavy rain added some wet bits on the path through the salt marsh.
We called at the caves on our way home and met Cardinal Arthur, a local man who acts as a guide to the caves and island for visitors. He has a wealth of stories about the island and island life. It was fascinating to hear about farming and sisal processing from the 1950s and how much has changed, particularly since hurricane Donna in 1960.