Hooiberg and Casibari Rock Formation

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End Apr 19, 2009

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

We will be moving to the Marriott Surf Club tomorrow, we have to finish what food we have left. I cooked corn beef for breakfast. As I opened the can, the oil was dripping out of it. The lard settled at the bottom. Yikes. I just had peanut butter sandwich for breakfast. Then I prepared hotdog sandwiches for lunch. I don't know where we gonna be at lunch time. At least we have something to eat whenever we get hungry.
I told the kids that they are welcome to join me and Daddy to climb the Hooiberg but they have to get ready now because it will be hot if we go later. Or they can stay in the room with Lola. They got up, ate breakfast and changed. We had food, snacks and lots of water with us. I learned from TA that the Hooiberg has 571 steps. I wondered if I'll make it all the way to the top. I told myself I'll just climb up to where I can. Hooiberg is a 541 ft. volcanic formation at the center of Aruba and can be seen from anywhere on the island. Hooiberg is a Dutch word meaning Haystack. As always we got lost again. The streets in Aruba don't have names so it's easy to get lost. For those who are reading this travel blog and is interested to climb the Hooiberg: Take 4A towards Santa Cruz then make a right turn after the Cartridge Store that's on your right side. It is the road just before the Global Mart and it will take you right to the foot of the Hooiberg. If you passed Global Mart and Pizza Hut you missed the turn.The steps to the top of the Hooiberg are made of concrete. At the first rest area, the view was awesome. But the kids can't wait to get to the top. There is a cache hidden somewhere at the top that's part of the kids excitement to get there as quickly as they can. I told them not to wait for me. I just took my time and managed to reach the top. Yeay!  Some parts of the steps are shaded with Divi-Divi Tree and there is a part that has railings to hold on to. Divi-divi tree is a large shrub native to Aruba. It got its shape due to the trade winds. Someone managed to write number to the steps. It has 561 step total on it. I guessed it depends on where you start counting. I was really surprised and was proud of DD2, who is 8years old. She managed to climb all the way to the top by herself. Once again, the kids were able to find the cache. We just let them look for the cache and if they have a hard time we help them. After we signed the logbook, we took a water break and enjoyed the view of the whole Aruba. Can't see Venezuela because it was cloudy; nonetheless the view from the top was really awesome.

From the Hooiberg we went to the Cassibari Rock formation for another cache. As you make your turn from 4A when you see the sign to Casibari rock, just follow the paved road until you see the Pepsi Casibari sign with an arrow pointing to the entrance. There was a busload of people there so we stopped by the coffee shop and had ice cream. We also bought some souvenirs. They have decent price there. They also have a mini zoo. We explored Casibari Rock as soon as the tour bus left. You can't feel the heat because it was so windy.  Of course we have to do the cache first. The girls had fun posing for pictures. We had lunch before we went back to our hotel. We arrived back at the hotel around 11:35. After rinsing and changing the kids went to the pool and stayed there for about 1 1/2 hour then we went to the beach which is just a few steps from our room. I only swam for another 1 1/2 hour and left. After I took a shower, DS came. I then did today's blog. When the girls came they asked if we're going snorkeling in Arashi. I told them I'm too tired to go snorkeling so they went to the other pool and went swimming there. Around 4:30pm we went shopping in Oranjestad. We went to DI  to get Aruba charmfor the kids Island charm collection that started when we were in Nassau. I got one for myself too. One of DD1 collections is the color changing t-shirt from Del Sol. So we got her one and I got myself a pearl necklace. It changes color too. Then we went to Baryo Fiesta. The karaoke is not as loud as yesterday. The kids love lechon kawali (crispy fried pork). We even had halo-halo for dessert. Yummy! (Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk with various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass with vanilla ice cream on top).
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