STILL haven't found the Reverend Evans!

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Today has been one of those days, where everything just slips into place and you're left beaming and nodding your head in simple sound satisfaction.

In short I packed it in, made the most and saw a shit load. The bright blue skies that replaced the storms of yesterday meant that I was in for a treat. Having got down to the Three Sisters lookout early I was blessed with an incredible panorama of sharply silhouetted rocks overlooking that huge valley floor, which had been nicely stuffed with early morning mist and cloud, a wonderful touch.

Then there was the Evans Lookout, where I stood on the very edge sniffing it all in. The view was just... wow. Naturally, I got all excited, shot over to Govetts Leap and descended down deep into the valley for a bit of a meander. I got right to the foot of the towering falls. It was magnificent. I slipped on a rock, got drenched, dragged myself back up the to the top of the plateau gasping, found another rock, collapsed and groaned the last bit of life out of me before eating lunch in front of that staggering panorama. It was beautiful.

By mid afternoon I'd found my spot - a sharp ledge hanging off some steep rocky outcrop on the opposite side of the Wentworth Falls, some distance away. I watched as a group of Karate geeks carefully descended to ground level and tried to get under the falls for a chant. If the head guy hadn't have slipped and hurt his foot in the process they may have been able to. Instead they began to chant from a safe distance. Wasn't bad actually. Bit like a haka, just a lot less masculine. The sound that rose through the valley though, at that moment, as I watched the continuous crash of the falls pounding the valley floor, just made it. Made the moment.

This whole region is like nothing I've seen before. To stand high on a vast plateau like this and look down over a sunken range of mountainous terrain rich with foliage is incredible, and at the same time a bit bizarre. It's all very different. The falls are magnificent, the expanse is overwhelming and the feeling of raw nature that encapsulates you here is deeply moving. Very very impressed..
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Where I stayed
'The Flying Fox' backpackers, Katoomba
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