Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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The first big waterfall I'm able to see up close and personal, the Cascada Manto de la Novia is well worth the work. Reaching the waterfall is no easy feat, however: I pull into a parking area where a woman offers to watch my bike while I'm away. Even though I have a lock, I decide to take her up on the offer. Next is the path, which drops quickly down one side of the valley in a scrambling way. Then the swinging bridge, which has a very noticable bounce and sway that I find very exciting. Finally, a short jaunt past the bar/restaurant (closed) and to the foot of the falls.

Named (I think) after a bridal veil, the Cascada Manto de la Novia falls unobstructed into a rocky pool that sprays mist in all directions. I sit alone, with the falls all to myself, at the foot of the cascade for a long while lazing away in the afternoon sun. Eventually I overcome my fatigue and begin the trek back up, passing a large family of local Ecuadorians as they cart endless amounts of food to the abandoned building for a heck of a party.

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