Published: March 15th 2011March 14th 2011
Today was exhausting. I started my day nice and early (because the roosters wouldn't shut up) with an easy job along the beach. After making it to the end of the beach, I came back to force Sarah out of bed and go kayaking (never do a double kayak with a girl, they don't paddle). We went around the water to the reef to watch the waves break. The reef we discovered was thousands of rocks piled up in very shallow water (like 6 inches), which made it difficult to pass (we couldn't). After finding some odd looking purple rocks and visiting an island with a 1/10 of a mile circumference, we headed back in.
After a brief lunch, we headed out to the water fall to start a hike (it rained twice on our way there). We decided to start the hike from the end and work our way to the lookout points before coming back to our moped. This wasn't the wisest idea. The sign at the start should have foreshadowed the difficulty of our hike, it read "it is strongly recommended that the cross-island trek be completed in the north to south direction" (obviously
we were on the south side). There were arrows to point the way on the path (just not in our direction). We got a lost several times along the hike and by lost I mean somehow made a trail through pure jungle. The surrounding looked like the amazon, trees as high as you can see and a path that was little more than a 6 inch wide trail. Needless to say when our map recommended a guide, they weren't joking. After ascending the mountain for almost 2 hrs (Sarah collapsed several times from exhaustion), we made it up to the look out point. The path to the point was almost completely uphill, and by almost, I mean 100 percent, up f*cking hill (parts of the trail had ropes because it was so damn steep). For those of you reading this, who went to Switzerland with me, it was like the goat paths, but in the jungle. At the apex of the mountain a good 500m up, we had a decent view of the island, the ocean and other mountain tops opened up before our eyes and a giant rock stood to our south. The way down was real hard and
by the time we reached the waterfall, we both were about to collapse. I'm slowly recovering as we speak with some nutella :)
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