As we explored the trails, we found several spaces like this...cleared out, and surrounded by a man-made "wall" of palm branches.
Here's another one. These were a mystery to us, until I described them to a lady in our church who grew up in the rural interior. Apparently, they are animal traps. The animals walk in, and can't figure out how to get out. Mystery solved.
The mystery that WASN'T solved, however, was this pile of brassieres we discovered. It was...bizarre. My neighbor is a retired police officer, and he will be reporting this to the proper authorities.
Another find...this vacant turtle shell. It is currently sitting in our back yard, where Michael will be painting it. Because...apparently that's what you do with huge turtle shells you find lying around.
A few days ago, as I was coming home from some activity or another, I noticed a couple people on foot on the dirt road that leads to my house. Suddenly, as I approached, they veered off the road, and for the first time I noticed that the fence surrounding that particular piece of property had been cut. Closer examination showed a web of trails that disappeared into the underbrush.
After hearing similar stories from people who live nearby, the neighbor’s son and I decided to investigate. Our initial concern was that there might be a community of squatters developing back in the brush where nobody could see them. This is a common occurrence here.
Read the captions on the pictures we took to find out what we discovered.