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A Cave of Wonders

Harrison's cave Barbados, a cave of wonders

How often do you think about what lies beneath your feet? Assuming that you’re not a geologist, engineer, construction worker, scientist, gardener, farmer, agricultural worker or a curious child who likes to dig in the soil…

Well, I do not fit into any of those categories, and I must say that it is not a thought that crosses my mind on a regular basis.

However, I had good reason for pondering on the said topic quite recently. This weekend I travelled to Barbados and had a lovely, relaxing stay. I enjoyed spending some much needed time with loved ones and friends and did a bit of touring.

As part of the tour, I visited the famous Harrison’s Cave. I had always wanted to see the cave but had not been able to on my previous visits to the island. I didn’t really have any preconceived notion of what to expect other than what I had seen from the old photos that my parents had taken back in the late 1980’s. I was just never inclined to research it online. The main thing I knew about the cave was the fact that it was filled with stalactites and stalagmites.

So I went on the tour.

And suffice it to say, I was amazed.

I don’t want to spoil it too much for those who have not yet been to this natural wonder but … it was and is truly amazing. From the glass elevator ride down, to the beautiful landscaping of the surrounding grounds. And of course the journey into the depths of the cave!

 

 

I was accompanied by a dear friend of mine who was equally awed and excited. Throughout the tram-ride, we ‘Oooed’ and ‘Wowed’ amid pointing and snapping pictures like the impressed and excited tourists that we were. However, we were not the only ones squawking in a mixture of alarm and delight when water droplets from the ceiling first splattered our heads. The ten other tourists appeared to find it just as quaint and enthralling as we did. It was such fun!

The tour guide could have attempted to muster up a bit more energy though. But what she lacked in enthusiasm, the tram-driver made up for with charm. He even served as our voluntary photographer.

All in all, it was a very pleasant experience.

 

It was while we were in the cave, when I thought about the significance of the remarkable calcium formations. Never before had I seen anything so intricately detailed that was solely the product of nature. The designs and shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites are truly awe-inspiring. You would have to see it in person to fully appreciate the wonders of such natural beauty.

I have no intention of making this blog post a religious/spiritual one but I believe that natural formations like Harrison’s Cave are strong testaments to the existence of God. How can anyone view such a naturally made masterpiece and not believe that a higher power was at work? And in my opinion, created it for the purpose of reminding us of our humanity. To me, it should impart the viewer with a healthy dose of humility. It certainly did for me and I am inspired by it.

 

A story may be brewing… 

Have you ever been to Harrison’s Cave? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

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