After breakfast on our last day at the center we weren’t in any real rush to go. We sat on the big patio / porch to watch and listen, to relax and read our books, and to chat with workers and guests alike. Most guests probably thought us a bit odd as our primary reason for visiting was not to watch the birds, but rather to just relax and enjoy our time there. I did get a chance to look through one of the center’s high powered cameras to catch a glimpse of a rarely seen bird whose name I now forget, but it is somewhat humbling to see something very few people ever have an opportunity to see. I suppose I could have joined one of the early morning tours to catch a rare glimpse of the world’s largest tarantula species, but I passed on that opportunity.
The weather was rainy, misty, hazy, the whole time we were at the center, but that’s just what we have to expect when taking a trip into the mountains and rain forests of Trinidad. Rather than dampen our spirits, the rains and mists seemed to calm everyone, to hush the noise, to allow everyone to enjoy the quiet and solitude, and to lend a peace and serenity to the days that you just don’t find elsewhere. If you enjoy nature, like a chance for peace and quiet, and want to get away for a while, Asa Wright Nature Center is just the place to go.
We did ask for Ritchie’s Mom, and had a good time chatting with her about the nature center, our travels, and our love of adventure. She is just the sweetest little lady, and she was a great ambassador for the Asa Wright Nature Center.
Knowing our way back made our trip down the mountain much more enjoyable. Not concerned with getting lost, we stopped several times for good photos of the beautiful countryside and weren’t in a rush. Our ride back to Chaguaramas seemed to fly by much faster. For one, we found the easy way back to the thruway bypassing the city of Arima where we’d gotten twisted around a bit on the way in, and as always, the trip home seems to go a little faster.
One day before lunch we stopped by Jesse James office at his Members Only Maxi Taxi Service. If you cruise to Trinidad, you must get to know Jesse. He and his wife Sharon Rose are an invaluable resource with a wealth of information. They offer many services to cruisers including tours, shopping trips, taxi services, and much more. They are wonderful people and I can’t say enough nice things about them.