We were picked up at our hotel at the appointed time and our first stop was Harrison's Cave. Joe and I have seen stalactites and stalagmites before and always found them interesting. This time was no exception. The guide was outstanding and the people on the tour was amiable. One of them offered to take this photo of us inside the cave.
Some of our tour mates opted for a different experience, so we had a little time at the conclusion of our exploration to relax in the gift-shop lobby and enjoy a complimentary mango beverage before resuming.
Next we were off to a Caribbean lunch at a place favored by locals.
Then it was time for the absolute high point of the day.
I've never before been to a place like the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. It was extraordinary. Our tour was timed so that we would arrive at the Reserve shortly after the beginning of feeding time.
Upon entering the reserve, the first thing we saw was a couple of huge turtles, lumbering along the pathway, unrestrained by fence or barrier of any kind. They walked with an intensity, with a purpose, and we were going in the same direction. We all arrived (us a bit before some of the turtles) at a clearing where a major feeding was going on. Pumpkins or winter squash or something in that family had been cut up and offered to all takers. And takers there were. In addition to the turtles were the green monkeys (some of whom used the turtles as stools), peacocks, deer, all eating together mindless of those of us within arm's reach. It was absolutely wonderful!
At the end of our visit we were treated to a very tasty rum punch which was totally unnecessary since we were already giddy from our experience.
And the next day, it was time to return to reality. We had missed Halloween, Joe had missed Thanksgiving, and we came home to people selling Christmas trees. Our Epic Trip was over.