I went to bed at 830pm, so you can only imagine what time I got up. I finally decided to get out of bed at 530, I had been wide awake for the past 45 mins. Sunrise isn’t till 630ish so I figured I would move slow till then.
I rolled open the mat and did some stretches and then meditated. When I came to, you could see the sky brightening by the second. I sat here watching it grow brighter and brighter. Everything was wet so I was looking upon a beautiful sparkling forest.
I saw the ladies come pull in and decided it was time to shower, I was to leave at 8am on a trek to 5 waterfalls with a guide. I wanted to be ready when he showed up so we could get going. He arrived promptly and we began our adventure. It costs typically 400,000 Rupiah for a single person and 250,000 for two. Today i paid 350,000 which equals out to $23.90 USD. I was totally fine paying that, I don’t have waterfalls and surroundings like these where I live.
We hopped on his motorbike and headed out. Mind you I asked the girls what kind of shoes to wear, silly me, everyone here only wear sandals. LOL, so here i go in my flip flops. I was slightly nervous about the scooter thing only because I’ve seen the way people drive around here. They know how to do it but being on the back, hmmm. Anyways we went up this huge hill just to come back down, the road is so tiny 1 car and 1 motorbike can fit on this road at the same time. We get to this spot and he parks. I was like wow, that’s cool we are already here. I specifically asked about real hiking, everyone denied that. Joke was on me because we hiked.
I didn’t mind hiking in my flop flops but I would have done things slightly different. Anyways I was so involved soaking it all in I really didn’t take many pictures while hiking. Everything was so green and lush. The end of march, beginning of april is end of rainy season. So some areas were slippery but nothing I couldn’t handle.
We walked through old back roads with homes along the way. Everything was so pretty, even if it were run down or animals everywhere it was all still so beautiful. I loved every second of that hike to the waterfalls. We stopped and had a little rest on the way there. I was given a young coconut to drink and then when I was done we cut it open and I ate the inside. So good. Even played this instrument…
We continued on the journey and made our way to the Blue Lagoon. Which is the first of 5 waterfalls I was going to see today. Little did I know they were all connected and my guide would have to get a ride back to his motorbike later. We started from the top and worked our way down. Blue Lagoon being the first.
It was like i was watching virtual reality, you see these places in movies. I was there. And that made it even more special for me. I pulled out my camera and took some pictures. I then sat down on a rock and meditated for a bit while my guide sat else where and played on his phone. grateful to be uninterrupted and no one but us there. I was totally taken back by her beauty.
When I was ready he asked me if I was going to get in and I said no. It was chilly and honestly it was so beautiful I feel like it would have been a disruption to her nature. It looked so pure and beautiful. And so we moved on.
Aling Aling falls were the next. It was very beautiful, we walked right up to another guide who was waiting for his couple to come back up. They were down there taking photos for Instagram- as in boyfriend taking pictures of his girlfriend in a bathing suit. It was cute and funny. I’m just so glad no one asked me to take any pictures! hahaha… There wasn’t much space to walk down there so I decided I’m cool, lets go to the next. We get to the next one, the first jump- 5 meters. He asked me if I was going to jump. I said no and so we just sat there and took some photos and people showed up. So we watched them think about jumping and then finally jumping- quite hilarious. We go down to see the next jump (still not jumping) and it is about a 10 meter jump. Still no. But again watching people. Then we went followed that all the way down to the last one which is a 15 meter. I watch someone jump off before heading to the bottom and swimming in it. It was magical and cold. Not freezing but I also prefer not to swim alone. So I jumped in and swam for a few seconds and then got out and got dressed.
What goes up must go down and vice versa. I kept telling him how grateful I was to not have to go back the same way we came. Because that trek was challenging in flip flops. But I spoke way to soon, all the stairs…ok here it is. Imagine you are at the top of a waterfall and you hike down to the bottom- of 5 waterfalls- then walk back up at least halfway to get back to main roads. But for the record we did not start anywhere near the waterfall. It seemed quite far away to get to. I think they do it that way to get the hours in that you pay for. Don’t really know but I was grateful for it. I got to see some beautiful things that i wouldn’t have if I had chosen a different package.
We make it back to the house and we go our separate ways. By this time it’s not even noon. I am so grateful because as we were coming out of the forest, so many groups of people were on their way in. We left at the most perfect timing. I got back and sat in the sun to help dry my clothes I was wearing. Laid in the hammock on the water for a bit and decided I was going to nap. I go upstairs to my outdoor bed and lay down. I’m down for like 30 mins. I couldn’t sleep so I ended up just laying there.
I get up because I can no longer just lay there and I go visit my new friend Vipin. We hung out at his little abode for a short time and talked about everything positive. That was so refreshing. I am beyond grateful for his words.
We talked for a while longer and I left to go shower as I was covered in sweat and river. The combo washed off my citronella soap. So I got bit once. By then dinner was ready for me and I was so grateful because I was famished. I had chicken fried rice with 1 fried egg on top, fruit and turmeric, ginger, honey, and something else that makes me feel good.
It was fantastic! As was my entire day. My legs are going to feel great tomorrow!
Filled with so much gratitude…