Tuesday, October 12, 2010

jungle walk

This past weekend we visited some friends who live way out in the hills.  I requested some hikes to see waterfalls.  Let me tell you, this was some serious jungle hiking.  I don't know what I was expecting, maybe meandering down some paths while watching butterflies go by, eventually arriving at a clearing with waterfalls... yeah, no.
This hike involved a machete and lots of hacking.  This is what the view looked like:

but eventually we found some unique waterfalls.  The calcium content of the water is so high that instead of the streams running in a rocky bed, they create their own cement- like bed when layers and layers of calcium precipitates on the ground layer.  I've never seen anything like it.

These stream beds run over top off all the dead leaves and stuff, so there are really cool formations and almost-fosilized leaves everywhere.

Well worth the crazy machete-hacking to get there!

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