After touring Dumaguete on Tuesday morning, we were on a bike again heading out to explore the surrounding area. We headed toward Valencia, a little town at the foot of Mt. Talinis or Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros).
We wandered a bit and found some gorgeous butterflies:
We had some really yummy fried bananas (the outside was sort of crystallized sugar, not a heavy batter) and buko juice (coconut) from a street vendor and sat on the town green for a while watching the soccer matches that evening.
And we spent quite some time chasing the sunset behind Mt. Talinis. (If you ever need a change of scenery, can I recommend renting a motorbike and chasing a sunset? Good for the soul.)
Kyle climbed on a 6 ft cinder block wall to get that shot, while I stood on the ground trying to look nonchalant. This earned us some really interesting looks from passing motorbikes. I tried to take a picture of him, but my camera settings were incorrect and then he jumped down.
(Now you know what a good 5% of my photos look like. Grr slow shutter speed when I'm in a hurry.)
But we spent most of the afternoon looking for the Casaroro Falls. The falls are 30 meters, but the problem is we had to climb up, just to then climb down to see the falls. Thankfully, there was some encouraging signage:
335+ mossy, slippery steps.
[Ask me how many times I fell? Just once! Win for me!]
It was completely worth it though. The falls were absolutely stunning and we were the only people there.
They fell almost into a well. The rock wall was curved around them nearly 270 degrees with one open section and we climbed all the way to the pool at the bottom.
The whole rock face was covered with ferns dancing in the mist and breeze.
It defied photography, and we loved it.