Hiking in the clouds.

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Cameroon Highlands are famous for their high altitude tea plantations. Although this sounds about exciting as Matlock, the place was actaully very scenic, green and cool. It's a great place to escape the insane heat. Basically I took a bus there, stayed in a huge long house dorm and hiked around in the clouds. It was seriously cold and wet and after one day of this I was ready to be hot and sweaty again. After weighing the option of going for a guided tour of the place or striking out on my own I came to the conclusion that I could do the place by myself for way cheaper than a organized tour. So the next day I set out with map in hand on my way to climb the highest moutain in the highlands (we would call it a hill) and check out the tea plantations. 4 hours of hiking led me to the top of the highest moutain with a glorious view of......clouds, couldn't see a damn thing. On the way down the other side of the mountains I ran into some Singaporeans who had taken a car up the other side of the mountain and were going on a 5 min excusrsion into the forest. So I tagged along to see if I could get any free info. Their guide showed them a carniverous flower and some pretty cool view points (more clouds) that I would had missed if I had not poached a little bit of their tour. As I continued on I walked through the huge rolling green hills of the tea plantations. This place was absolutely massive and worth the effort it took to get there. The only problem is that I had no one to take my photo, it was such a cool place. So the pics you see of me are all auto timer taken from rocks or tree stumps! I hitched back into town. The cool part about Malaysia is that the moment I stuck out my thumb I was picked up by the second car that drove by. It must be because I'm a westerner. Now I know what it's like to be a hot chick trying to get a ride!
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