The recent rains are very good for the reservoirs, and they also rejuvenate dried-up riverbeds and streams. So the other day we revisited some old haunts to see what effect the rain had had on them, and perhaps build a dam or two...
The Hills of Marathounta
First things first, if you are thinking of exploring the countryside at the moment and going off-road, make sure you are in a decent 4x4 and know what you are doing. The tracks are fairly treacherous, and you are guaranteed to get muddy.
We explored this area last summer, and were hunting for crystals. It was all dried up then of course.
You can see some crystals here. However, before you get too excited, I have to say the area isn't that good for crystals. They are all over the place, but they are in very loose rock. You will see a nice vein, and pick it up, only to have it crumble away in your hands. I guess this also explains why periodic rainfall can make so many micro-gorges.
Enjoy The View
I wasn't here to find rocks today though. I wanted to take some photos and build some dams with our daughter. I used to love building dams as a child, as I am sure we all did.
The gorges that had been formed have fairly steep sides, and as the rocks and soil are very crumbly they are quite tricky to navigate. I climbed to the top of this one before I discovered that it was just a ridge and there was an identical valley on the other side.