I'm Walkin' on Guano - oh, oh, oh!
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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The next day, we decided to do a little hiking down a different trail first. This would take us to a summit and a near by town where we could have lunch and find some beer (Brian and Andy, our travel companion, were quite desperate for a pint). Then we could head into the caves in the afternoon.
The walk turned out to be a bit more difficult than intended. We left the board walk and went
without walking back. Hopefully no one else tries that path for awhile!
Then we were finally off to the caves – the whole reason we came here in the first place! The great cave was immense with many branches off of it. Everywhere we walked the cavern ceiling was so high above us - it might as well been that of a stadium. Some people get claustrophobia when walking through caves, but we had a bit of the opposite feeling...With that amount of open space inside, I mean, what's holding up the mountain? Took the walk through the cave across the slippery guano covered steps looking around at the enormous formations and trying to peek at some of the 250 000 bats that failed to make an appearance last night. We could also see the bamboo poles that people climb to harvest the tasty bird's nests.
As staggering as this cave system was, it was not my most favourite cave. This might have
and poking around in corners. It was interesting to see the harvesting of nests and guano as well as much of the archaeological evidence that's been found here.
On our way out, who should we meet, but the students again! More photos and a pleasant walk back to the park headquarters. The boys got their cold beer after a long walk, so everyone was happy!