As part of catching up with this blog and sharing what I’ve been wanting to share for a while, I’m throwing it back to times between August 2015 to June 2016. Today, I’m starting with a hiking trip I went on late in 2015.
I’m not much of a hiker. I’m not very good at it, and quite frankly, I don’t often like it, so when I signed up to go hiking in the tropical forest, I was almost certain I would regret it. The hike was to last around 4-5 hours and would start at 7 a.m. I had a lot to of work to get done at the time, so I worried the hike would be a waste of my time, but nonetheless, on that humid Saturday morning, I boarded the bus with a small group of five other people to head out into the forest.
The tropical forest was humid and hot and filled with all sorts of bizarre insects. Only 10 minutes into our hike, the whole group was faced with a knee-high river that needed to be crossed – a situation none of us had really ever considered would occur. It was thus in my dry clothes and clean tennis shoes that I reluctantly followed the leaders across the river. Needless to say, I was soaked, and my friend, who had fallen twice into this very river as she was crossing, was completely drenched. This was to be only the first of many times in which we would have to cross bodies of water that morning.
The thing with the tropical forests in the area we were at was that many of animals and plants that live in them are not to be messed with. This meant we needed to exercise great caution during the hike, but it also resulted in the observation of a plethora of intriguing fauna and flora. I won’t say I was always very willing to approach the scorpions and centipedes, but it certainly was a different experience to witness these creatures outside of where they would be considered pests. In addition to that, the second half of the hike involved much too many leeches on our path (which I was slightly taken aback by, to say the least), especially as we entered waterlogged terrain. Half of the group ended up finding leeches on their bodies (ankles, thighs, and even stomach!), but luckily enough for me, I didn’t have to deal with that!
I would be lying if I said that by the end of the hike I wasn’t tired. We crossed more rivers, encountered more strange species, climbed numerous huge stumps and logs, swung from several branches, and climbed under intertwined twigs. Quite the expedition! However, at the end of hike was a tall waterfall with crystal clear water. While some people in the group plunged into the water, I opted to admire the view instead. It was nothing spectacular, but it was peaceful and calm, just what I needed.
I probably wouldn’t be one to do this sort of activity everyday, but it definitely was enjoyable, and despite all the little moments that were less enjoyable *cough* getting soaked at the very start of the hike *cough*, I would for sure want to do more of these sorts of hikes! That just goes to show how you never know if you’ll like something until you try it. 😉