Moto rides, Snakes jumping out of trees, and Booming sounds inside caves
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August 16th, 2008 – by: Zymosis
After about half an hour of riding without seeing signs for the caves on the map, we decided to turn down a road with a small sign that said "Amazing Cave." How could we pass that up? We turned off the main paved road onto a rocky dirt road, crossed a bridge, and just kept following the signs. The path got worse and worse, and the mud got deeper and deeper. At one point Livia got off so I could pick my way through a really slick section... and then she fell down in the same mud I was trying to ride through. After countless wheel slides and close-calls, we finally made it to the parking area for the amazing cave, an empty cow pasture.
Halfway to the cave entrance, a green snake jumped out of a tree right in front of me. I later found out that those are way, way venomous. I felt like I was stuck in an Indiana Jones movie, and I didn't even have a whip.
Dropping down into the cave, we walked a few hundred feet down a big tube before hitting a river inside the cave. After taking a few quick pictures we decided to head upriver, wading in water up to our thighs at some points. The current was sometimes strong, and we were both concerned that our flip-flops might take the fast way back downriver. After wading upstream maybe a quarter of a mile, we started hearing low, booming noises inside the cave.
On the way back we heard a familiar booming sound coming from across the valley. A few minutes of searching brought us to a Buddhist temple celebrating a Buddhist holiday (I'm not sure which one) by pounding on a massive drum. Mystery solved.
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