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Gilboa Hill

Characterised by its three ridges, Gilboa Hill offers unbeatable views of the Quill and nearby islands. This is a great place for birdwatching and enjoying the historical artefacts and stone structures - just bring plenty of water.



 

Drought season on Statia



Those pesky goats get everywhere....


       
Directional signs assist hikers along the trails



The Quill looms in the background


   

View from first ridge - the Quill and St. Kitts


   
Vegetation includes orchids (left: Brassavola cucullata) and bromeliads



This is the wall of an unnamed fort that was built in the 1700's and still stands today


   
Statia is home to more historical artefacts per square metre than any other country in the world. Right: these stone ovens formed part of a sugar cane mill. The orange bricks came from the Netherlands as ballast in ships transporting slaves. The ovens were used to heat the sugar cane juice.



Turk's Cap cactus (Melocactus intortus), whose small pink fruits are a delicious treat during a long, hot hike






Stone walls cover the entire hill



This hollow stone would have been used to store water - it still had its stone cover