Monday was a holiday on account of – as we call it here in Guyana – Youman Nabi. So, the ambitious photography group planned a trip to Linden for a photowalk. I was very excited to go because 1.) we had to leave super early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise (which didn’t really work out but still – yay for pre-dawn gatherings!) and, ever since childhood, I’ve associated early morning outings with fun activities (minus airport runs) such as camping or long distance holiday excursions (minus airplanes); and 2.) I’ve never been to Linden.
So, we set out in the dark of early morning and not too long after we hit the Linden Soesdyke highway, it began to rain. Of course! This is the rainy season, right? Our car occupants realized there might not be a sunrise to catch at that point in time. Though the others laughed at the futility of our early rising, I was secretly glad no one had thought of bad weather.
On and on, we drove with only the road in front of our headlights visible. To either side of us was darkness. And, the relentless rain. The downhill dips in the road were the best.
As the sky got lighter, the feeling that we were traveling between two high reaching mountains receded as one could make out the tops of the trees and bush on either side of the highway. Still, the clouds were not budging.
By six, a crack of sunlight was visible in the sky. And finally, we reached the fork in the road – forward was dubbed “wrong turn” and so we went right.
Not very lively at 6 something in the morning but the chug of smoke from a factory tower in the distance was going steadily. I suppose it never turns off.
We passed through the little village of Watooka and over the unused railroad tracks. Eventually we would end up at an old quarry where the water was blue – an unfamiliar sight in Guyana where our creeks and rivers are brown or red. Toxic water, I was told later (after I had washed my hands in it).
We pottered around here and there around quarries and man-made sand dunes. Barring the occasional jumbo truck, our 20 odd crowd were the only humans around. Given the strange landscape (blue waters, red roads, snow white mountains of sand), it was a somewhat surreal experience.
All in all, an awesome trip.
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