I like to drive around, see what’s close to the town I’m staying in.
This is what I saw when I took a side street that follows the Cangrejal River that flows out of Pico Binito National Park.
The photo is being taken from across the river, on the side of the road. I’m about 2 or 3 miles from the falls.
You really never are able to see the actual bottom of the waterfalls, even as you stand next to it after a hike.(A serous hike!) The trees of the jungle block the view of the bottom.
I read up on the park and find that there’s a hike one can take that’s supposed to be 1 1/2 hours long. I know these article writes and their concept of hikes and time. Ain’t no fricken way this cowboy is doing this hike in 1 1/2 hours.
It’s going to be hard on the legs and lungs, and it’s going to be hot and I’ll be sweating like a stuck pig. Ahhhh, what the hell – how many times am I going to be in Honduras and to be able to see this sucker up close. Not anytime soon!
Off I go. For $4.00 you get access to the park – pretty cheap, really.
First up is the hanging bridge.
You walk about 100 ft. over the Cangrejal River, walk about 100 yads, and your in the deep, dark rainforest. And, it be really dark.
It’s so full of growth – plants, trees, bugs, fungus, bugs, small streams, small waterfalls, bugs – your lucky to be able to follow the path. Did I mention bugs enough? (There’s lots of bugs)
Good and easy to see in some spots, and in other areas it’s like – what happened to the fricken path, where am I supposed to walk here? The path is well maintained, and then it isn’t.
Not to take anything away from the park guys – this is a cloud/rain forest – things rot quickly, plants grow like there ain’t going to be any tomorrow, and the bugs – did I mention the bugs?
Ants moving little pieces of what they’ve chewed off, moving it to their nest and young ‘uns. And other bugs I don’t want to talk about right now. Can’t see ’em, but they bite and get into your nose hairs. …..
Anywho, hiking, yeah, that’s what this is about.
You’d think you’d see seeds, flowers that sort of thing. But, no.
The older trees block out most of the sunlight, so very few plants have a chance to produce anything. You’ll see little seeds like this every now and then, but mostly it’s all green, and more green – ferns, fauna, fungi – that sort of thing.
Then you get to see some really weird fungi growth – ideal environment for them. Love lots of humidity and heat, they do. Feed ’em crap and keep ’em in the dark.
Did I mention it was God awful hot?
On this hike you go over a lot of small streams, winding their way down to the Cangrejal River. In that process, eroding away the mountain sides, and creating little waterfalls that sometimes are real difficult to catch sight of.
This one, easy for me – hey, give me a break, I’m tired. :)
Next one, easy but not as much!
Not much of a waterfall – cascading water, would work! And work, the water does, on tearing the mountain sides away, over time.
The next one I heard, but couldn’t figure out where the sound of a waterfall was coming from. This pic might give you an idea of the growth in the cloud/rainforest.
Look closely through the trees, and this is coming down at about five different levels. Tough to see through the trees, isn’t it?
I spent a lot of time trying to capture the beauty of this hike – waterfalls, plant life, not too many birds or animals to see.
I must get truckin’ or I’ll lose day light. (Sorry, spent the night in the jungle once, ain’t doing that again, any time soon – and that was 4 yrs. ago!)
So trudge, truck and hike I did.
By the time I reached the lookout point, the muscles in my legs looked about as relaxed as this tree – but, I had to get out! No choice, walk it off I did!
Here she be, in all her partial glory. When taking this, I’m about 1/3 the way down the waterfall.
If you like the sounds and looks of a waterfall, enjoy the following video!