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Today was our day of adventure and exploring the hard to access areas. We had an UTV - Utility Task Vehicle (sort of like a super buggy) dropped off for us at 10am and it was off to explore the eastern, less accessible, side of the island.

We headed north toward the California Lighthouse, but kept going past it, off-roading to the rocky shore. There were lots of coves and private beaches, although swimming is discouraged on this side of the island as it has a huge, crashing surf. Our first stop was to build a rock tower on a rocky section of the coast. The belief is that if your tower stays up despite the roaring wind you will return to Aruba the next year. There were literally thousands of rock towers along the way.

We saw sand dunes, which have strict rules about not going on them. There were small, rolling hills on the far side and lots and lots of cactus. It's a very arid environment. The next stop was Baby Bridge, which is a rock structure that looks like a small bridge, hence the name.

We came across a small stop selling burgers and drinks where an old gold mine ruin was located. It was above ground and we were able to go into it and climb around. Just a short way from the gold mine pit stop was a rickety set of wood steps going down into a small natural pool. A portion of the cliff dropped off into the ocean and behind it is now a protected "pool" that people stop to take a dip and cool off in. We took a quick swim just to say we did it.

Then it was onward to the Natural Bridge. This is another rock "bridge" in the ocean that people used to be able to walk on. However, it collapsed a few years ago so we just go to see the ruins of it.

We then entered Arikok National Park and made our way to Conchi (Natural Pool), which is another protected pool nestled up against the ocean. Getting there was an adventure in itself as the terrain is rocky and rutted and we weren't sure the tires were going to make it! There are a bunch of rock steps to get down to the ocean and Natural Pool, then you have to climb over the rocky wall to get into the pool. We swam around for a little bit before heading on.

The next stops were the caves; Fontein Cave and Quadirikiri Cave. Fontein Cave was closed so we had to peek at it through a gate. At Quadirikiri Cave we were able to go in and explore quite a ways back, as there are a couple of chambers that have holes in the ceiling allowing light in.

Overall, it was a fun day of bumping along in the wolverine!

Our ride for the day!

Our ride for the day!


Rugged coastline

Rugged coastline


Rock towers

Rock towers


My rock tower

My rock tower


Rocky coast

Rocky coast


Big waves

Big waves


The road less traveled

The road less traveled


A private beach

A private beach


Beautiful coast

Beautiful coast


Baby Bridge

Baby Bridge


Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins


Inside the ruins

Inside the ruins


Inside looking out

Inside looking out


Getting ready to head down

Getting ready to head down


Stairs to the little natural pool

Stairs to the little natural pool


The little natural pool

The little natural pool


Me swimming in the little natural pool

Me swimming in the little natural pool


The walkway towards Natural Bridge

The walkway towards Natural Bridge


Coast line by Natural Bridge

Coast line by Natural Bridge


What's left of the Natural Bridge

What's left of the Natural Bridge


Natural Pool. Yup, we went swimming in there

Natural Pool. Yup, we went swimming in there


Coast line by Natural Pool

Coast line by Natural Pool


Natural Pool up close (after climbing rock stairs)

Natural Pool up close (after climbing rock stairs)


Fontein Cave

Fontein Cave


Quadirikiri Cave

Quadirikiri Cave


Quadirikiri Cave

Quadirikiri Cave


Baby Beach friends

Baby Beach friends

Posted by Travelsake 17:00 Archived in Aruba

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