PUERTO RICO TO DEATH VALLEY
|Bad water Basin Death Valley|
Puerto Rico has been my favorite place to go with so many wonderful waterfall canyons, Jungle and Desert Terrain, and my favorite...CAVES!!
|Carribean National Forrest Puerto Rico|
The caves of Puerto Rico are some of the best I have ever seen. This was a solo trip that I took for a week journey into the Jungle and a week to the Barren lands of Death Valley.
|Adam Haydock Solo trip to Puerto Rico and Death Valley|
I was able to get to Puerto Rico and rent a car to take to the El Yunque south district to stay at Robins Farm overlooking the ocean from the Jungle canopy... AWESOME CAMPSITE!!!
|Tunnel Cave Puerto Rico|
Cueva del Arco is a waterfall natural bridge cave that the Tanama river ate through causing one of the most fascinating karst features I have ever seen. It is the largest natural bridge in the Rio Tanama river and one of the largest in the world. This place is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to in the world and I waited a long time to come here.
|Cueva Del Arco|
When we made thr cut around the bank on the tanama river you could see a waterfall gushing with water from inside a mountain. as you walk past the waterfall there is a spillway with numerous waterfalls covered in moss, vines, and flow stones that have been created from all the calcite in the water. The river ran through this natural bridge as you look up at the amazing natural wonder. There were snakes, bats, even palm trees growing inside this cave. Cueva Del Arco is something I have only dreamed of seeing and I am so grateful I was able to experience this amazing place in puerto rico. Afterwards we hiked back up the mountain and around the flowstone waterfalls which took us back to the car and we went back to the locals house to eat dinner.
|Rain Forest hike back to Lares Puerto Rico|
The following day, I went to go visit Cueva Del Indio, shacks beach, and cueva ventana.
|Tanio indian petroglyphs Cueva Del Indio Puerto Rico|
I continued down the cavern and I could see where water was creeping in and out which created a siphon pool of ocean water full of mollusk life including urchins...these guys were everywhere!!
|Cueva Del Indio Puerto Rico|
I left this cave and walked a bit north to the 7 apostle sea caves of Puerto Rico which was another amazing site to see.
There were seven arches so I scaled around a few and worked down to one where I could be close to the water.
|Sea Arch Puerto Rico|
|Cueva Ventana Puerto Rico|
Cueva Ventana or (the Window Cave) has become a popular place for locals and is starting to become a popular place for tourists. There were a lot of people that coming in and out of this cave system but I wanted to check it out so I parked and hiked up to the first entrance where you drop in through some vines and walk through a large cave passage
|Cueva Ventana Puerto Rico|
Next you exit this large cavern and continue on into another smaller cavern till you reach the karst window overlooking the valley below.
|2nd entrance to Cueva Ventana Puerto Rico|
The cave itself had people coming in and out but that cause too much of a problem as the cave itself was quite large.
Afterwards, I left and headed over the the El Yunque where Robins Fruit farm is located which is where I usually go to camp in the South El Yunque District. The South El Yunque District is a jungle and is the most vegatated section of Puerto Rico. The following day I slept in a bit and the clouds were in the valley below which was a beautiful site to see
I continued to drive over to the north district which is more of a tourist attraction but had some decent hiking trails I wanted to check out including the hike up to the cloud forest. It was a trail that took me up to the top of one of the highest mountains in Puerto Rico.
|Top of the El Yunque Puert Rico|
The vegetation was a bit different at the top as the clouds engulfed the summit of the mountain. it was windy, a bit cool and raining. a lot.
|El Yunque Juan Diego falls Caribbean National Forest Puerto Rico|
|La Mina falls Puerto Rico|
|Moving Rock Death Valley|
Death Valley holds the record for the highest reliably reported temperature in the Western hemisphere, 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913, just short of the world record, 136 °F (57.8 °C) in 'Aziziya, Libya, on September 13, 1922. However, the record high still remains the hottest July temperature ever recorded Death Valley is one of the best geological examples of a basin and range configuration.
|Ubehebe Crater Death Valley|
After that I drove to mosiac canyon and hiked up the class A canyons which was interesting to see the marble canyon walls and the barron desert landscape. I hiked upa mountain to view the vista and look out into furnace creek which was very interesting just to think only days ago I was in a jungle and now I am in a barron desert.
|Mosiac Canyon Death Valley|
Afterwards, I drove back down to the mesquite dunes to watch the sunset and grab a campsite before everything was taken. It was nice to hike out onto the dunes and watch the sunset in the dry night of the desert and look out into the vast nothingness of the deserts mystery.
|Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes|
Deserts are my favorate places to go to and this was a real treat to be out there.
The next morning I woke up and went to zabriskie Point which was a badland of mineral deposits overlooking the valley below. I was able to hike through them and do a loop back to the entrance before it started to get hot out. It was a good hike and it was nice to view the hoodoo spires along with the ripple mounds of mineral deposits that are easy to get lost in.
|Zabriskie point Death Valley|
Afterwards, I went to Dantes peak where I was able to overlook one of the highest points in death valley and where I was going to hike across the following day.
|Dante's Peak Death Valley|
Afterwards, I headed over to Natural Bridge Canyon for a Class B canyon trip down the wash and out the Arch canyon route. This was rather interesting as I had limited technical resources and I was able to manage to drop 7 pitches in just a few hours time down to where the people normally stop.
|Natural Bridge Canyon Death Valley|
The Day was starting to run out so I took trip to painters row which is a section of canyon desert bad lands with a lot of mineral deposits and I scrambled up Class A routes and down a few 5 nothing pitches back down to the car as it started to get cloudy out.
|Painters Row Death Valley|
Afterwards I grabbed a campsite at a place where there was a public campground and got some dinner and a few beers in me before I started to just talk peoples ears off...remember, I am by myself this whole trip so it was quite interesting to see and find myself around boy scout campfires to talk about this particular trip and other places that I have been to recently. Night fell after the attempt for Verga to turn into water failed and evaporated before it hit the ground. I got up super early when it was still nightfall to make it over to badwater basin so I could get a early start to cross the playa before the sun got too hot.
|Badwater Basin before sunrise.|
|Badwater Basin Death Valley.|
These rimstone salt beds started to mix in with the ground composition as it dried, rose, and cracked at the surface along with the salt composition on the ground. I continued to walk across and eventually I came up on large chunks of salt composition
|Badwater Basin Death Valley|
this place is nothing like I have ever seen anywhere before in my life. such a barren wasteland and so wide open it was nice to get out there and listened to my ears ring. Eventually I made it to the other side and it was around lunch time so I cooked up some grub and headed back the way I came. Eventually I made it back to the car late afternoon. I got back to camp and zonked out for the remainder of the night so I could spend my last day going into some slot canyons of Death Valley.
The Following day I woke up earlyish to see the beautiful sun rise in the badlands of the desert and just lay in the cool dry breeze of the deserts morning cool sunlight.
|Badlands of Death Valley|
After a hike through the badland mounds I headed towards the Devils Gold Course to check out the sandy patchy grass feature that is here.
Finally I started to head down to sidewinder canyon and which is where a series of Class A and B canyons exist I started up the canyon and found some side slot canyons to climb up and around with some difficultly but I was able to make it to the tops of three out of four canyons. these slot canyons were distinctive for the conglomerate stone walls that they had unlike the smooth red sandstone walls of Utah. After a day of going through these canyons, I decided to start my way back to Las Vegas to see my buddy and hit up one more spot before leaving back to Chicago, Valley Of Fire.
|Top of one of the mounds overlooking Death Valley from the south|
I was so impressed with the spiritual experience that I had in Death valley which built up the anticipation along with the experiences that I had in Puerto Rico just a week prior, I wanted to make sure I wrote this down to not only look back at it but share this experience with the world as one amazing trip to take.
|Valley Of Fire Nevada|
There are arches, small wind caverns, and stratified rock formations that look like candy in some of the places that you could go to. It is like a mystical wonderland of sorts and I loved every moment of it.
|Valley Of Fire Nevada|
I followed some trails that took me by petroglyphs and went into the only known canyon route in valley of fire which was a lot of fun to do as well.
|Valley Of Fire|
I climbed up some mounds and buttes to witness some amazing natural arches like pagota arch and others in the area.
|Pagota Arch Valley Of Fire Nevada|
There were a lot of heavily travelled tourist routes in Valley of fire but they were pretty nice as they took me into some places that were just so colorful and amazing to see, I couldn't believe what I was looking at.
|Valley Of Fire Nevada|
|Fire Wave Valley Of Fire|
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