In the Northern part of Hyronimus, an area currently better known as Wacawa, phosphate mining was done in the past. When we visited the caves on the border between the Christoffel park and Hyronimus we found excavations in these caves. We, in this case François, Fred, Eddy, Hetty and I, wanted to know if to the South of that area also traces could be found of phosphate mining. So when there was no shooting in that area we asked permission from the owners to enter.
We drove with two cars to a valley to the South of the plateau that we wanted to investigate. We also wanted to take a look in the large valley to the North of the Seru di Cueba and that plateau. But in the end we didn't have the time for the valley.
After parking the cars we went to the top of a nearby hill. The side looked reasonably clear but from a certain height we had to plow through a field of Prickly pear cacti. From the top at 60 meters we had a nice view over the area.
We descended on the West side into the valley. From there we continued our hike in the direction of the highest point (82 meters) on the plateau that we wanted to investigate. On the plateau we stayed close to the edge because the vegetation was rather open there probably because of the wind. We saw a lot of Manzaliña trees that were heavily bent through the wind. That led to nice shapes. One of these trees was growing almost flat over the ground.
After a break we went more to the inside of the plateau; limestone is found here with red sand between the rocks. While walking on the plateau I saw in my GPS that there should be a triangulation point in the neighborhood, so we decided to go search for it. On our way to that triangulation point we found a Kadaster measuring point without identification. Close to the edge of the plateau we found the Kadaster triangulation point. A bit of an unusual form because it had a rather small and high bottom part; normally the bottom part is broader. As usual Fred decided to sit on top of that pillar. A bit more difficult than normal because of the height of this pillar, but he managed to get on top.
Close to the foot of the triangulation point we found two additional dots of concrete with a copper point on top. Maybe it was not easy to determine the exact location at first.
From there we continued our hike along the edge to another top on the plateau. This one was 72 meters high. From there we descended through a roi into the valley where we followed the dirt road to our cars.
No traces of phosphate mining, but instead we found a kadaster triangulation point. And the nature was beautiful during this hike. A lot of plants benefited from the recent rain.
- In blue our track; yellow are the tracks with the car In blue our track; yellow are the tracks with the car
- Traditional oven close to the entry of Wacawa Traditional oven close to the entry of Wacawa
- Our first hill, only 60 meters high Our first hill, only 60 meters high
- Near the top we have to cross a field of Prickly pear Near the top we have to cross a field of Prickly pear
- View from the top View from the top
- Case bottle with rounded corners Case bottle with rounded corners
- And an incomplete text And an incomplete text
- Nice Brasia Nice Brasia
- The sleuths are looking at this nice Wayaka The sleuths are looking at this nice Wayaka
- The trunk of the Wayaka The trunk of the Wayaka
- Two different type of rocks, Knip formation and limestone (top) Two different type of rocks, Knip formation and limestone (top)
- View on the valley View on the valley
- Goats on the hill Goats on the hill
- Also the goats need a break once in a while Also the goats need a break once in a while
- When spotting us they go on When spotting us they go on
- Nature is getting greener with a bit of rain Nature is getting greener with a bit of rain
- This Manzaliña is bent by the strong winds This Manzaliña is bent by the strong winds
- Calcite crystals on top of the limestone Calcite crystals on top of the limestone
- Large limestone rocks Large limestone rocks
- Look at the dimension with François on top Look at the dimension with François on top
- Limestone sand Limestone sand
- A Kadaster VH measuring point without identification A Kadaster VH measuring point without identification
- Large field of Bringamosa; we have to be very careful when crossing this Large field of Bringamosa; we have to be very careful when crossing this
- Kadaster triangulation point DP51 Kadaster triangulation point DP51
- And of course Fred has to sit on top of it And of course Fred has to sit on top of it
- At the foot two additional copper points At the foot two additional copper points
- The edge of the plateau The edge of the plateau
- We walk along the edge to avoid the dense vegetation We walk along the edge to avoid the dense vegetation
- Fossil in the limestone Fossil in the limestone