Collecting in Anosibe an'Ala
Trip Start Jun 06, 2006
10Trip End Jun 27, 2006
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The town is very nice, and I liked it very much. Once we arrived, I set out to find the two Peace Corp persons stationed here, Aaron and Jen (they also have a Travelpod website). I had communicated with the throught their website, and had hoped to meet them. I asked some children where to find them. Well, kids know everything that happens in their village, however, following these nimble creatures up narrow, twisting, very muddy trails was quite the thrill for this over-thirty, bumbling entomologist-to-be
The first waterfall was perfect, but very difficult and dangerous to access. Because of this, we didn't get much time there. We had a limited schedule and we had to stop at a stream we saw on our way in. So, after a short time we headed back to eat lunch. It rained on us, and the road was very muddy! But, it was so enjoyable to hear english spoken, and to able to speak it very quickly! I didn't even realize that i missed it until I heard it so clearly again!
After a quick lunch in the restaurant in town, we headed out. It had started to rain again, and we had about two 1/2 hours of daylight left, so we needed to get going if we were going to stop! We found one more spectacular waterfall, and then the driver stopped at the trail leading down to the Sacred River, very far below
We headed out of the mountains, making it through, which was a relief. there are checkpoints along the way, and if the rain is too heavy, they will not let you contine, as the road is just a dirt road, and becomes dangerously slippery in the rain.