We had a slower day today - an amble through the mountains, up a long and winding pathway and to the Emerald Pools.
On the way up I walk with friends. I have become close to a few people in the group which is surprising and delightful as we have only known each other a short time. In this environment we are being challenged physically and creatively and have made bonds with those who not only we have commonalities with, but those who peak our interest. People from diverse backgrounds have come together with a common love of the outdoors and the act of creation. Conversations about work, process, politics, relationships, nature and friendship continue late into the night and begin early in the mornings on our way to adventures.
Walking up to the pools was cool and easy, birds could be heard in the trees and laughter followed us all the way up each new path. The lower pools were prefaced by a waterfall which gracefully fell over the side of a massive overhang. We could hear and feel the rush of the water and stretched out ours hands to catch droplets of cool in the souring heat.
As we walked upwards, huge mountains swayed around us. Come in, come in, come in a see what delights are here for you….
Day 2 - Canyoneering
Today was the day for canyoneering. I’ve never done this before and actually was really nervous to go. I had all these preconceptions of how I would be scrambling up a cliff face and hanging off the side, left alone with only my adrenaline and blind fear to keep me company. As it turned out, that’s not too far from the actuality of the experience…but today was about so much more than just repelling off a rock in the desert.
Day 1 - Hidden Canyon
I’m up at the crack of dawn - 5:10am to be exact (not great after a 32 hr journey from the UK and two time differences) - told to make my lunch, eat my breakfast and then get up and out to Hidden Canyon.
I’m not sure what to expect. I see the huge rocks in the flesh for the first time and feel as though I’m on a movie set, that the rocks are made of polystyrene and seemingly unreal. It’s very big, very very big, maybe too big for me...