Natural Bridge, Bushiribana, Arikok, Ayo Rock

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

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Monday, April 13, 2009

We plan to continue our geo caching today. First stop was to fix our picture in Casibari Rock Formation for the virtual geo cashing. The last time the GPS was not really visible. So this afternoon was a retake. We're supposed to go to Ayo Rock Formation but we couldn't find the sign that point to the direction to Ayo Rock Formation. It was there on the day we went to the Hooiberg. We went to Natural Bridge instead.  This is our second visit. We came back to do the virtual geo cache. I was so glad that we did because I would never thought of taking a picture where I did. The view from that spot was really beautiful even though the Natural Bridge has already collapsed. We also explored Bushiribana Ruins. This place used to be a gold smelter that was originally built out of stone in 1872 for the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company in order to extract the gold from Ceru Plat, the hills behind the building. We were there last time but did not go inside the ruins. The view from inside the ruins towards the ocean was really beautiful. After we found the cache we hanged around and enjoyed the view from the ruins.
We attempted to look for Ayo Rock Formation again but we went all the way to the sign that says Arikok National Park. We went there instead to find another cache. We stopped at the guard house at the entrance of the park. We told the person that we want to hike. He gave us a guide map and told us about  the chapel on the top. He let us drive all the way to the close gate. Then we hike to find the cache in the middle of the desert under the heat of the sun. It's a good thing we only hiked about a little more than a quarter of a mile. We found the cache and enjoyed the view of the Arikok National Park. We can see the Hooiberg from there too. There's no way we can hike to the chapel in this heat.
We attempted again two more times to find the Ayo Rock Formation until we finally found it. It was worth it. Those rock formations were really amazing. They're used to provide protection for the Arawak Indians who would use the rocks to spot impending storms. There were shaded areas where you can picnic. There's restroom too. We saw the Arawak Indian petroglyph drawings on the rocks that have been preserved and protected by the government. The peculiar rock formations provide an interesting combination of both outdoors and archaeological appeal unique to the island.
To get to Ayo from the Natural Bridge, at the small roundabout, make a right and you will see it on your left. There is a sign that says closed but just continue until you see a parking space where the other entrance is located.
When we got back to our hotel DD1 and DS wanted to swim in the pool. DH went with them. DD2 refused to go. We were watching them from our balcony until DD2 decided she wants to go swimming too. So I took her. Lola does not want to come. Just before 7pm, Abigail and I walked to the beach to see the sunset. People were already dragging the beach chairs to claim a spot on the front row to see the sunset. It was beautiful.
We had dinner in our hotel.
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