Though I journeyed to the beautiful island of Trinidad in 2007 for their world renowned carnival, I only recently met my maternal side of the family who resides there. Funny, resourceful, entertaining and some of the best cooks I have ever met, I fell in love with them immediately and began to visit as frequently as possible. Considering that I have to fly into a bigger island before entering St. Vincent, where I absolutely love to visit, I always choose T&T, stay a few days and then continue on my trip. My mother's first cousin Kenneth (https://www.facebook.com/kenneth.lyons3), who is a phenomenal photographer and gadgets connoisseur treats me as his own daughter and shows me parts of Trinidad that are breathtaking and fun.
First stop, pitch lakes. Though there were smaller ones that we stopped at first, Brea Pitch Lake is the largest and most well-known tar pit. Bathing in the sulfuric ponds and collecting mud from the bubbling mini volcanoes, my skin was treated to the best nature has to offer. We also used some of the time to fly a remote controlled drone overhead; both fascinating and amazing! Also rode out to my cousin's land to do some bush clearing - though I look the part more than I played it.
Having been to Macaripe and Blanchisseusse beaches in Trindad where they sell the best shark and bake and frolicking in the wonder of the Nylon Pool in Tobago, where one can disembark from the boat in the middle of the ocean and swim with the fish, jet ski and snorkel; the next stop was the archery field. I got a good lesson in bows, quivers, aiming and shooting. It was great fun, only paralleled by the "river lime" we enjoyed before my departure.