I have several reservations when it comes to travelling with large groups, specially when there are time constraints. My regular jitters were magnified when I realised that I was late in the morning and had to meet the group at a point further than the place we had decided earlier.
In the points below I have described the reason for my jitters:
- It is hard to come to a conclusion about things when in a large group.
- Travel time is increases and is directly proportionate to the size of the group.
- It is important to stay with the group or else they worry about you.
- There is hardly any space for quiet contemplation.
- People always want to eat different things at different places.
- It is easy to lose one’s mind when with too many people for too much time.
Although I find that my negative thoughts do not hold me back from my need to travel and explore new places, I do think them quite annoying specially when I was already late and had to come up with a plan to reach the meeting point quickly.
We were 21 people and had little land to cover but our guide and teacher wanted us to see the mangrove patch on the beach of Manori, where the government has prohibited shelling of trees for any purpose. This was in connection with a special plant specie, Rhizophora Mucronata, which according to scientists gives 50 times more oxygen out in the atmosphere than an average full grown tree. This is a unique specie, according to environmentalists, “The plants have the capacity to be extremely tolerant to such metals, with preferential accumulation mainly in the root tissue…minimal physiological effects to the species.” This means:
- They soak up all the bad stuff in the sea.
- The roots can survive anything.
- They don’t die even though the water is extremely polluted, in fact they clean it up.
- Stop/report anyone who is dumping/cutting these plants.
About 5 years ago all the mangroves had vanished and the entire area became just a rocky/sandy shore. But all the conservation work has now resulted in reviving the species.
This plant is so resilient. Like a net it catches all the plastic bags and shreds that people throw into the sea. This might create issues for the plant as it would restrict its growth.
The roots are so strange and fascinating because they actually go into the ground, take a sort of U-turn and come back out from the other side. This picture shows how the ends of the roots are sticking out of the ground.
There was a sort of salt residue on the leaves which can be interesting to explore.
The place where fishermen dry their fish.
Yeah, it was quite beautiful. We sat there for a while, spoke to the local fishermen too. I’m sure I’ll go back there soon.