Monday, September 28, 2009

Caledon On Sea - Mt. Caledon Reserve and Fort

I visited Mount Caledon, in Caledon-on-Sea, to explore the old fort. There I discovered a property next to the preserve, owned by Miss Mathilda Islay, dubbed the Mount Caledon Reserve.

The reserve has a spot to enjoy a scenic view (and perhaps a boxed lunch with a special someone - or, heck, just go alone and eat it all yourself!), and a hidden bathing area, nestled under an overhang of the mountain. I could tell you all that I went skinny-dipping, but that would most likely be a fib. Wouldn't it?

A powerful telescope allows one to view the activities of neighbors stars.

The old fort is worth the steep climb. It provides a rare glimpse into Caledon's more dangerous past.

One can imagine the brave men and women who first arrived on these shores, determined to make a go of their little colony. (One imagines Guvnah Shang looking and dressing...well, exactly as he does today. :) )


Edward Pearse, Duke of Argylle said...

The Fort is a former smuggler's outpost from the more lawless days of Caledon's past. If you go all the way to the bottom of the inside ramps you find access to the caves, which will also take you to another rather surprising exit.

Rhianon Jameson said...

"...of Caledon's past." Hmm. Suffice it to say that the number of pirate outfits sold in BlakOpal alone might suggest that those days appear to be with us still.

I'm too lazy to look it up, but I recall that I had a Journal entry a considerable time ago regarding the Cay wherein I discovered the exit - in reverse. The odd thing is that I never discovered the outpost. Sometimes the most difficult things to see are those right in front of you.

But I appreciate the clarification, sir. I thought - as did Miss Kathy - that the structure was designed as a military outpost...although, now that you tell me otherwise, perhaps the hidden exit should have given us a clue. :)