rented rubber walking slippers
Some natives grabbed Margaret and had her pose with the plant
and donkey. They didn't ask for money up front. We really
weren't thinking about it but should have. When they asked
for money for having her pose, we didn't have anything small
to give them. Faced with this situation in the future, we
will know to ask up front and negotiate a price. As it was,
we stiffed them.
This tree, used as an organizing point for tour groups, is huge.
We waited under it until enough people gathered to make up a
group. If you enlarge the picture you can see a guide in
a blue shirt giving instructions to his tour group.
This is a shot of the river as we walked down the path to
ocean level to start our climb. We were diverted to
a locker area where we could store the things we didn't
want to get wet. I think
you were supposed to bring your own lock.
Here we are at ocean level. After taking the pictures for
this trip I really want to get a better camera. The one
I used had trouble with light levels. This is a poor picture,
but I enclude it so you can better imagine the scene.
Here is the starting point. Our guide had everyone hold hands
and form a chain to climb up. After a while people stopped
doing that and just assisted each other as needed.
The water rushing by is quite enjoyable. In lots of places
steps are worn into the rocks so the footing for the most
part is pretty good. The climb up is slow and not tiring
at all. You weave from side to side up the river to find
the best course.
Nice effect of the sunlight filtering
down through the tree canopy - I like this picture a
lot. It gives you a pretty good feel for what the climb is
like. I don't notice anybody shivering ....
We had to duck under this bridge to continue our climb.