Hiking to the source, Nevis

Our favorite part of the time on Nevis was the hike to the “Source,”  A water source for part of the island.  Apparently, it was mentioned on charts of the island back in the 1600s.

Much of the trail is wide, flat, though slightly uphill, and easy to follow.  As the trail progresses, the jungle slowly thickens and grows moister.  The air cools a touch.

Source Trail head, Nevis

Source trail head, Nevis

Source Trail, Nevis

Source Trail, Nevis

Source Trail, Nevis

Source Trail, Nevis

You often follow along the old water pipe (see above and below) and rock walls built to bring the water down.

Nevis Source Trail

Nevis Source Trail

Then, all at once and without warning, the character changes.    This picture looks down at a crazy steep angle.  We had a snack, a few beers, and much of our group turned around.  Hannes and I pressed onward.

Looking down on the Source Trail, Nevis

Looking down on the Source Trail, Nevis

These steps are steep, moss covered, and enchanting.

Steps on the Source Trail, Nevis

Steps on the Source Trail, Nevis

Steps along the Source trail

Steps along the Source trail

Along the source trail, Nevis

Along the source trail, Nevis

Water channel along Source Trail

Water channel along Source Trail

Then, the trail ends at an old ladder that must be between 80 and 100 ft high.   Old is being a bit nice.  And, a few of the rungs were broken off.  We exercised good judgment and went up anyway.

The Source, Nevis

The Source, Nevis

Looking down the ladder:

Looking down the ladder, the source, Nevis.

Looking down the ladder, the source, Nevis.

The reward for braving the wiggly ladder is a nice pool and a neat view straight down.

Top of the Source, Nevis

Top of the Source, Nevis

On the way back, just before Golden Rock Inn, we saw a group of the vervet monkeys.

Vervet Monkey, The Source, Nevis.

Vervet Monkey, The Source, Nevis.

The trail was a perfect mix of nice scenery, challenges, and adventure.

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