On Friday, November 19, 2004
two groups started from Caracas to the village Chichiriviche at the Morrocoy National Park.
(4 hours by car)
We started the
DXpedition to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our DX-Club.
This time also the families of the
participants were invited. They spent the night in a hotel on the mainland, meanwhile the operators stayed the nights also on the island.
The days before our trip the area was hit by severe weather. Storms and heavy rains caused a lot of flooding in the area.
The originally crystal clear water in the western part of the National Park was brown due to the sediments of a grown river which ends in this area.
The management of the park decided, that we should not go to Cayo Peraza as was
originally planned; instead we went to Cayo Sal (Key
Salt), which is a larger island as you can see on the above pictures.
In the center of Cayo Sal is an "infernal" sweet
water-lake which caused us a lot of problems :-)
Most of us were familiar with
this area, because we made a previous trip to the nearby
island Cayo Sombrero in the year 2001.
After our families were left in
the hotel, we were shipped in darkness to the island,
which is about 1 mile away from the mainland.