Karen and Jason in our hard hats at the tortoise center. We were going to explore the caves there, too, so had to wear the hats.
Aren't we just the fashion statement of the year?
We had to catch a bus across the island to get to the tortoise sanctuary. This is one of the murals painted on the bus stop wall.
The bus dropped us a long way from the tortoise center and we walked for about an hour to reach it. Along the way, we saw custard apple tres and pomegranates in fruit. Here is one of the pomegranate trees; a local picked four of them and gave them to us.
They stick their necks out and stand up on their toes when they get their throats stroked.
The center also had a small museum attached, and after lunch we wandered through it before we left. This life-sized cast bronze statue is of the Saddleback Tortoise. It was endemic to Rodrigues, but is now extinct. That is why the center has brought in the two species from Mauritius or Madagascar and the Seychelles and are breeding and keeping them safe here.
Another day, we hiked up above Port Mathurin to the big cross on the hilltop. On the way, we saw some scraggly looking chicks like this one.
A view looking back towards town as we climbed the hillside.
The track here was clear, but sometimes we felt as if we were walking up someone's private driveway. Sometimes we were! But friendly folks always directed us onward in the right direction.
A view of the Rodrigues countryside from up on the hill. This is looking westward.
Our group straggling up the track.
An unusual rock formation as we climbed. The rock and columns looked smooth.
Another view of the country side from up on the hill.
Near the top of the hill we saw these cows and had to pass them to get to the cross on the top of the rocks.
Looking down on Port Mathurin. You can see the big sports arena on the right. The yachts are too far to see. It was a good hike.
Heading down the other side, we figured we'd eventually reach the road that would take us back around to the port. I think we're skirting someone's farm and fields here. We had to back track a bit to follow a fence to continue on a path down.
Someone here grew okra and there were a few left to go to seed like this one. Such a strange plant.
Part way down the road was this little religious shrine with a statue of Madonna and some candles and such inside it. We had some cookies and a drink at the table and then carried on.
A nice border of bougainvillea along the road.