The Mangrove

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Canal
 

One fascinating benefit of having a bicycle was discovering that the rugged tropical hills on three sides of town are much closer than they first appear. It's less than a mile from the Nha Trang Beach to the inland edge of town. From there, on the Phong Chau Road, adventure began for another mile crossing the lowlands of the Dong Bo River basin. The rough route passed a short bridge, small town, and lots of rice paddy before coming to a T intersection at the base of the western hills. The huge hillside scar visible from town was a rock quarry.

 

I took the road south for another mile or more, bordering hills and wetlands. Hilltops offered lowland views of oddly shaped one- or two-acre fish farms along the Dong Bo.

Fish farm houses
Clay and sandbag barriers formed the patchwork maze and I was able to pedal far along them. Simple wooden dams could be opened to let the ponds fill with tidal waters then closed to hold it. Narrow canals brought water to those farther from the river. Some of the basins were completely dry. Muddy footprints crossed them to small shacks or shelters. It seemed the tender's chores would revolve around the tides. I don't know what kinds of fish they harvested and nobody was around to tell me.

 

Elevated trails narrowed as I zig-zagged toward a stand of trees that seemed out of place among the maze of ponds. The forest that I reached was a mangrove plantation bordering the river. Green shrubs and trees reflected on brown water. The tangled and twisted high-climbing tree roots made them appear to grow down from the sky and their wrinkled wood looked more like deer antler.

vances says:
Through your bike tours, you are truly the 'spoke' person for this fascinating piece of the globe!
Posted on: Jan 29, 2010
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Canal
Canal
Fish farm houses
Fish farm houses
Hilltop
Hilltop
Western edge of Nha Trang
Western edge of Nha Trang
Big Buddha from the Phong Chau Bri…
Big Buddha from the Phong Chau Br…
Fishing shack on the Dong Bo River
Fishing shack on the Dong Bo River
Rock quarry
Rock quarry
Lowlands
Lowlands
Fish trap on the Dong Bo River
Fish trap on the Dong Bo River
Fish farms ad a dam
Fish farms ad a dam
Tracks on a drained pond
Tracks on a drained pond
River on the left, mangrove on the…
River on the left, mangrove on th…
Mangrove reflection
Mangrove reflection
A mangrove
A mangrove
Roots from the sky
Roots from the sky
Mangrove wood
Mangrove wood
Silver Bullet at a mangrove
Silver Bullet at a mangrove
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85