A short paragraph in a guidebook mentioned a waterfall inland of our anchorage — a goal worthy of pursuing!
We headed up to the highway to try for a bus; a friendly local informed us that the next bus was 1 hour away, so we hailed a truck instead. I’m not sure the guy had much choice but to stop, what with the 4 of us (Brio + Journey) hailing and waving from the side of the road.
I didn’t really know how far away this hike would be — so we hopped in to the back of this guy’s truck, and off we went.
After 45 minutes of driving, our driver made a questioning gesture (like, ‘hey gringos? you wanna get out now or what??’) so out we hopped. Our destination was a small dusty little town, mostly a few houses spread up and down the highway. We started walking.
As we were walking, Ruben, an awesome local guy who grows coffee beans in the winter and picks grapes in California in the summer, offered to show us how to get to the elusive waterfall.
We weren’t really sure what Ruben wanted for being our guide; you don’t usually get a personalized tour to a waterfall for nothing! But, to our utter delight and joy, Senior Ruben actually turned down our offer of cigarettes or tip, and simply urged us to ‘come again!’. Kindness in its simplest form.
Sometimes the best adventures are the unplanned ones; this day was certainly evidence of that! Our trip home was a little more complicated — we caught a bus part way, were given a taxi for another portion of the journey (the local passengers literally jumped out of the back for us), and then dinghied back to the boats.
A perfect day in so many ways!
(Oh and Jon says we’re bringing a machete for the dogs next time…;) )