Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Westside of Calorinas cliff line and two caves May 17, 2008 

On Saturday May 17th , Five of us set off to hike under the west side of the Calorinas lime stone forest trail to explore two caves and to hike along the cliff line.We are at the grassy parking area near the first cave and we’re going to enter jungle behind it. The picture above is of Rose, Kaori, Erica, and Lina from the left to right. I took this picture.

Rose started heading to first cave. This area is great hiking spot for a lime stone forest.It took 5 minutes to get to the first cave from where we parked our car.

Rose is standing in the entrance of the cave which is only about 3x3 feet.

Rose going down into cave 1.

After we went down into cave we found a lot of fragments of Japanese ceramic plates and cups. The Japanese used to live in the cave as a shelter during the World War II.

We had to go down into second layer of the cave, so we had to use a rope which was provided by Rose. It was really steep and hard to get down.
The picture above is Kaori kneeling down as she began her descent into the second level. Rose was telling Kaori where she should put her foot to step down safely.

At the Bottom is cave where limestone cave was very beautiful.

The cave’s ceiling was high enough to for us to stand up without bumping our heads.

Since the entrance was so small, we never thought that the cave was this big. You can see Rose in the background with a flashlight from a distance.

This land club lives in bottom of the cave 1.    

A lot of cutlery, plates, and tools have been left behind.

These look like fuel containers; however they may have been used to store drinking water.

There was big container filled with water that has been collected from the dripping water coming from the ceiling of the cave.

Another world not imaginable is in here separated from the outside. White spots appeared on picture above, due to moisture collected on our camera lenses. It looks like a world of fantasy.

It was really wide at the bottom of cave 1.

It is time to go out from cave 1 because we are going to see the next cave.

We climbed out through the entrance of the cave. It was easier to climb out than to climb in.

Everyone enjoyed cave 1 and now we are going to follow the cliff line to the south. Rose is standing in front of the cliff line.

Before we start hiking Rose showed us the concrete tank near the cliff line.

There were two kinds of shapes; one is round the other one was square. I am not sure what they were used for.

There was a deep well near the concrete tank. I think that well was full of water from underground in the past because there were collections of water from the drops of water coming from the cave. So I think these tanks were used to collect water from the well.

We entered cliff line because Rose wanted to show us the Okinawan Monument. Both sides are cliffs of sheer Lime Stone. The Japanese call this area the folding screen rock because the walls are wavy.

I’m standing under big Banyans, in Chamorro they’re called Nunu.

In the picture above Rose and Erica stand in front of the Monument. This monument was built for the Mr. Ginoza’s family.

Kaori offers water to the monument in a traditional Japanese style.

A little after the monument we must return to search for the second cave.

On the way we found baby coconuts crab under the rock.There is a lot of nature around this area.

Rose turned to the left on the way back and she said there is a very interesting cave a short way down south.

This is the entrance of cave 2. Rose has already made it in the cave on her own, and is now waiting for us to follow. Erica trying to enter but it’s really small and hard to get in.

She changed her mind and decide to enter legs first.

The picture above is Kaori entering cave 2. There is 90 degree steep slope just right after she got into cave.

Lina took this picture from middle of the cave. It looks like a thick rope but it is a root from plant outside. It was a life line to hold to getting into the cave.

Lina took this picture, too. At last I got into the entrance and trying to reach to the bottom.

Rose was already on the bottom and leading us deeper into the cave.

It’s looks quite narrow at the bottom of the cave but this is just a part of the it and there is a more wide area ahead.

It was not big as the first cave but there is pool on the bottom of this cave.

The water was cool and little salty. It’s really clear and beautiful place.

The water is dropping from the ceiling. If the flashlights were turned off you were unable to see anything. It’s absolutely dark world here in the cave.

It’s time to go back to outside because our flashlight has been used for a long period time… and we worry about being stuck in the caves while it’s pitch black.

Everyone was out of the cave safely with Rose’s lead and we were happy to see this cave 2. In the picture from left to right, Kaori, Lina, me, Erica and Rose.

We would like to say big thanks to Rose who led us this great hike.

Everyone is welcome to join these hikes
or to suggest hikes they can lead.

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