Disappointed, we found no store or functioning restaurant in the dilapidating, dusty town. A construction crew was busy widening the main road, perhaps so that future travelers can pass more quickly and let the town desiccate in peace. At least there was a vending machine by the post office. But our erstwhile pointless detour was finally consummated when we found the Kuragou – or Dark River. This was an underground river located at the bottom of a deep natural chasm in the middle of town, doubtless the original reason for the town’s existence. Here, Leanne is admiring the impressive wild hanging garden which graces the lip of the chasm, soaking up the moist air rising from below.