Saturday, February 16, 2013

FTV 2/16/2013 A Visit to Aruba's East Side

Yesterday some of the cadets took a four-wheeler tours to the east side of the island. The ATV's tour highlighted  the natural pools, and the rocky shore beaches of Aruba. The Natural Pool or "conchi" called "Cura di Tortuga" is a secret, hidden pool on the windward (east) coast surrounded by rocks and is a perfect getaway for a moment of total relaxation. It is a unique formation of rock, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating the tranquil pool known as the Natural Pool. The Natural Pool is a basin formed by rock and volcanic stone circles that fills with ocean water. The pool is also known locally as "Conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga", because it is said that the pool was once used to hold sea turtles before they were sold (tortuga means turtle in Papiamento, the official language of the Caribbean).

The location of the pool is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain, so visitors truly gets the feeling of having "discovered" something when their eyes focus on the site. This secluded area of the island is accessible only by foot, ATV, or horseback. As you bounce along the path, you see the rugged wilderness that surrounds you which provides a stark contrast to the soft sandy beaches of the western coast. It's only on the eastern coast that you'll stumble upon amazing rock formations and natural bridges to explore.

Learn more about how islands are formed by volcanoes
Try this rocks identification activity
This activity demonstrates how igneous rock is formed
Try building this candy volcano
You've got to be cool to make igneous rock.

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