Seru Maco

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The Seru Maco (Maco mountain) was our goal on Thursday, June 6, 2013. We had seen this mountain several times during our visits to the Seru Kabayé. A striking feature of that mountain was that the Eastern side appears to have almost no vegetatiion. That is what we saw when looking from the Seru Kabayé and that is also easily visible on Google Earth. So we decided to take a closer look. 

Seru Maco 20130606 026 smallWe parked our cars at the plantation house of Pannekoek. From there we walked, first over the asphalt road and then over a dirt road to the foot of this mountain. Along the dirt road we found an old cistern, probably from the government, where everyone could take water. These kind of cisterns had a tap. Only a rusty piece of the metal pipe remained of that tap. 

After a while on the dirt road we decided to leave the road and go uphill. Indeed not much vegetation, so for us it was a "walk in the park". Soon we reached the top. According to Werbata the top is 112 meters but our GPS's did show a few meters less. On the top we found a Kadaster measuring point, VH1284. Not in the common rectangular shape. This one was spherical, but apparently this is a later replacement of the original one. We found a small rectangular piece with the first 2 characters of KAD, the normal designation on these kind of measuring points.

From there we walked on the ridge of the mountain. We saw more vegetation than we remembered from earlier views but still "a walk in the park". No thorny bushes apart from a few Wabis, there were some Prickly pear cacti but these could be easily avoided. We found several "aliens" in one place (look in the photo section for a picture). We still don't know what this is. We have seen these during several walks but nobody is able to identify these, so we called these aliens. I had hope to find the solution this time because there were so many, but I didn't succeed. It is definitely not a part of a dried-out Melocactus. We took several of these apart to check. 

When we reached the end of the ridge we went down to the dirt road. Almost immediately we found ruins of several houses to the East of that road. One large house consisting of an old Kunuku house with a later extension and a smaller one which was maybe a separate toilet building. In front of that small building there was a frame of an old car. On a door panel of that car we found the word "akery", so possibly this car belonged to a Bakery. There was also a ruin from a far older building; only a large pile of dark rocks with some plaster was left from that house. The largest house was interesting because the walls were partly crumbled down so we could see the way they were constructed. 

Farther along the road we reached the place where we had seen a ruin from the ridge. It had an interesting shape with a traditional chimney. But closer inspection showed that the building was not very old, maybe 50 years. It was just constructed in a traditional shape.

After the hike we all went for a birthday lunch to the restaurant Dokterstuin. This became a tradition for us. Each time when one of the members of this hiking group celebrates hers or his birthday we go there for a drink and lunch. This time it was to celebrate Michèle's birthday.

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