Picnic In The Pines

SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 2021

Meeting place: The "The Entrance of Eric Williams Medical Science Complex", Mount Hope

Meeting time: 7:00am SHARP

Estimated arrival time at the trail head: 7:30am

Estimated completion time of the walk from Mount Tabor: 12:00pm LATEST

The rating of this hike is (4) Moderate

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Welcome to Mount Saint Benedict Abbey, located in Saint Augustine. Everybody knows this place as the Monastery, but I am afraid that the correct name for this place is "ABBEY" as stated and that will be explained on the day.

We will be venturing to the topmost part of the Abbey where at the summit is 1,200 feet above sea level hereby giving beautiful vistas of the Central Plains, and the East/West Corridor. One important to note here also is that you should bring along a light sweater as the constant breeze at the summit can lead to chills....even under the hot sun as well, and I want each and every one of you to be as comfortable as well.

The start of the walk is a short level trail that will eventually carry us up a constant uphill every step of the way through the hundreds of pine trees giving the place that magical feel as you see the surroundings around you as you ascend higher.

At the summit, we have reach our destination and it is here we will be afforded the beauty all around us. Now, for all interested parties, I will be relaying detailed information about the Abbey from Day 1 of its existence to today. We shall engage in educational talk about the Abbey's progress and all information will be greatly received and shared.

I urge you all to bring along lots of snacks of your choice, sandwiches and if you want, bring along your thermos filled with coffee or even tea, as the atmosphere certainly calls for such......I will bring along the soft beverages (juices, soft drinks and waters) to our leisure.....but I will need some assistance from the menfolk to assist in the toting of the cooler of course.

Duration & Cost

20 minutes drive from the Mount Hope to Benet's Hall, Mount Saint Benedict

Duration from start of the hike to the summit - 35 minutes maximum

HIKE COST

TTD $150. per person

TTD $80. per child (between 9-12 years)

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Cost includes: Soft Beverages (Juices, soft drinks and waters)

Kindly make payment to any branch of Republic Bank Limited

A/C#320466690701

In the name of "Nature Trekking in T&T"

Once payment is made, kindly Whats app or email a copy of the receipt as proof of payment

Persons wishing to make direct payments, touch base with me and arrangements will be made

Please note that persons making advanced payments will be acknowledged first and foremost

Attire & General Information

Wear long trousers is recommended.

Highly recommended that you wear long/short sleeve tops. No sleeveless tops please.

Wear a good pair of sneakers/sandals with good grips under the soles. No slippers on this trek please.

Bring along a cap or a broad brimmed hat preferably.

Sunglasses will be an important asset.

Use a Backpack thereby keeping both hands totally free.

Bring a change of clothing which will be left in the vehicles.

Important Notice - Re: COVID-19

Due to the state of  this pandemic the Corona-virus epidemic, in order to maintain my usual high standard of service on to my fellow hikers and fitness enthusiasts, for this "Funatics Event", no more than "(25) twenty-five hikers" will be entertained whatsoever. Safety, and security is NTITT's utmost prime focus and of course, your well-being will be monitored every step of the way throughout the duration of the expedition.

Please read the guidelines carefully that will be the order of the day:

  1. At the meeting point, you are to remain in your respective vehicles. I will entertain each of you by the car window.

  2. A 15 minute grace will be given for late comers. At 7:15am, we depart the MOUNT HOPE to our destination. The objective here is to "START EARLY AND FINISH EARLY".

  3. Social distancing will be the order of the day throughout our beach walk.

  4. Wear your face mask if you so desire.

Cancellation & No-Show Policy

As Nature Trekking in Trinidad and Tobago continue to strive for excellence in its endeavor in providing "A" class service whether by hiking or touring, effective IMMEDIATELY, whoever is interested in embarking on any hike or tour MUST make advanced payments to any branch of Republic Bank in the name of "Nature Trekking in T&T" and the account number is 320466690701 and the account is a "Chequing Account" if asked. Once payment is finally made, a screenshot of the receipt is suggested and whats-app to 740-2860. If payment to the bank is however not possible, I will strongly suggest that we meet for payment to be made and a receipt shall be given as proof of payment. Once again folks, this is highly suggested to ensure that on any given hike especially, the numbers will be under control at all times.

Please note that once you have booked a hike/tour with me means that I have reserved time in my schedule exclusively for you. If you cancel your hike/tour less than 24 hours before our activity is scheduled to take place, your full amount deposited will NOT be refunded whatsoever.

To avoid a cancellation penalty, please provide cancellation notice at least 24 hours prior to your hike/tour with me. You can cancel or reschedule a hike/tour by emailing me at emile@naturetrektnt.com or you can touch base with me at either 740-2860/389-7441 or Whats-app me at either mobile number stated.

If for some reason our scheduled hike/tour has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, full refund will be paid if requested or your money can remain until a rescheduled hike/tour date is established.

If for whatever reason you are a no show for a hike/tour and no communication was made to notify the Hike Master/Tour Operator of such, NO REFUND will be in effect.

If on the day of a hike/tour, an emergency arises out of your control and you are unable to make it due to either sickness or death, 50% refund will be made to you at the earliest possible time.