We set off at about 7am and arrived at our embarking point about an hour later. I don't know what happened, maybe it was breathing all that beautiful fresh air so high in the mountains, but driving up the mountain, I decided that I would also attempt the walk. I had a bit of a panic attack when I looked at the thick scrub that we were going to be heading into but hubby assured me that I would be fine.
Our erstwhile leader was well equipped with a GPS and was as sure footed as they come as we headed into the "jungle". It was all fairly steep downhill going and I did wonder how I would tackle the uphill coming back up but best not to think too much about that at this stage. Our leader took it nice and easy and it took our party of four about an hour to reach our destination. We could hear the falls well before we saw them. Our leader brought us out into the open right at the falls! Not bad!
The falls were amazing and all thoughts of aching knee joints disappeared as we took in the beauty above and below us. We came out onto rocks right in the middle of the falls. These rocks would undoubtably be a raging torrent in the wet season but there had been little rain in the past months so the rocks were dry and a great place to sit down and enjoy the beauty around us. We nibbled on some dry fruit and drank plenty of water before we ascended a little higher to get a better view. The top of the undulating falls were still way above us and we "may" get to the top another time.
We stopped at the falls for more than an hour, taking photographs and exploring, before our leader called us together to make the trip back up the mountain. It was steep and difficult. We had drunk most of our water so that had lightened our back-packs a little but they still felt like they weighed a ton! However, we took it nice and steady and stopped often for a breather. We took a different route on the way back that was certainly shorter but perhaps a bit steeper.
It was almost lunch time when when came out into the open and saw our vehicles waiting patiently for us. We had another spot marked for lunch so we all clambered into the cars quite quickly so that we could enjoy some air-conditioned cooling. I will tell you about the next part of the day in tomorrows post.
|Setting out along the track, following our leader|
|The beginning of our bush walk|
|Sometimes the scrub was so thick we could barely see each other|
|The first sight of water|
And then we stepped out onto a ledge and looked down to this
And up to this!
Some of the little orchids growing on the trees