Woo Hoo Waterfall

Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
Trip End Mar 01, 2006

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

We wasted no time in getting stripped off (woohoo)and running naked....no, sorry guys, we kept our modesty and went in our bikinis ready to plunge into the bubbling water. I think its fair to say that the water wasn't crazy warm, but certainly wasn't brass monkeyish and after all the sploshing around and swimming against the current trying to avoid being swept away, I was quite warm enough!

Our guide had told us that there was a good point for jumping from and when we booked the tour we were all quite game, but as we surveyed said jumping point the bravado seemed to evaporate. The point was a good 10m up and from where we were looking at it, but it seemd a long way down After we watched one other adventurous chap do we decided that we couldn't be out done and Leah and I climbed to the top whilst Kelly stayed at the bottom to 'take the photos'(wise move). When we were at the top, the bottom seemed a long way down I can tell you! I deliberated for a minute or so, peering over the edge witht he water rushing between my feet urging me over. My heart was in my mouth, but i knew I had to do it, hell I'd done it before, why was this any different?! I turned to look at Leah who was obviously having the same thought on the sidelines, and then before I or anyone else knew it, I just turned and jumped, it was all so quick that Kelly didn't even see me jump and so there was no photo of me, nor the second time I jumped when our guide Moses was left in charge of the cameras :-(

After all that adrenalin inducing exciitement we returned to the camp for lunch during which a couple of elephants lumbered in with provisions for the trekkers that weekend, over 1000 were expected, we were very glad we had visited when we did. We set off on a hike to our next stop, a Karen Tribe village which involved a very sweaty 2hr hike through the jungle following, in some places, in the giant footsteps of the elephants. the walk was varied and we passed many villagers who were busily cutting in a track and foraging for food. We eventually stepped out into a clearing and we saw the village before us with the lovely wooden houses and the distinctive bright pink sarongs hanging out to dry.

Moses led us to the purpose built bamboo hut which his company had given money to the villagers to buy. After a little rest we went on walk around the village, first to the school where we were met by one of the teachers who took us around the building which had 2 classrooms and taught children all the way up to the age of 11. I was rather interested in the neat line of toothbrushes that were hanging up on the wall in one of the rooms, each one clearly labelled with a childs name, that was the only place they cleaned their teeth, because it was made part of the school day. After the school we visited many of the locals houses, watching them prepare food and generally chill out. they were all so friendly and the children absolutely loved having their pictures taken despite our initial reticence, we were worried about offending them.

After the grand tour we returned to base for dinner and then Moses had prepared some after dinner tricks which we were obliged to take part in under threat of "no elephant!" moses found our lack of initiative in solving the puzzles more and more amusing as more and more rice wine went down (I tried the rice wine earlier in the evening, v. strong stuff!). Eventually we managed to eacape and headed to bed in our little tents of mosquito net in a whole hut of our own.
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