There was a definite quiver in my lower lips as I walked down the descending path. I was afraid I was gonna tumble over with my heavy backpack. That would make me a “rolling May Leng down the hill”. Not a very pretty sight, I figured. Thus, I took my steps cautiously. Without much support, I nearly slipped and fall. Thankfully, I got grip on some hanging veins.
The first stop, we arrived at an abandoned native village. The group including myself like “jackoons” applauded at the sight. Ok, it wasn’t the group, it was just me, jumping in excitement with the “eeekk …looook …sooo cute ! ” I admired the hut’s structure and found a very peculiar sight.
We continued our journey into the wild. Our presence was welcomed by the crawlers of the woods, the leeches. We were much troubled with the unwelcome guests. Many of us set willfully to remove them but within minutes, the crawlers found their way back onto our fragile flesh.
The walk was longer than anticipated. I expected the journey to take 1.5 hour only as indicated in the itinerary. Little did I realized, we have been walking for 5 hours ! It didn’t really feel like 5 hours as I was admiring the beauty of the majestic forest.
Soon, we arrived at the campsite. It was a bare empty space with nothing except fly sheets. Within brief moment, we settled our backpacks and built a tent. Only one tent was used and I was very fortunate to be amongst the 4 young women sleeping in the tent.
Most of us refreshed ourselves at the nearby river bank. Albeit, the water was muddy and milky, all of us were grateful for a good “clean” wash. There was something strangely attractive, even compelling washing in the stream.
Dinner was served and we feast ourselves with the delicious curry chicken and fried vegetables.
The guide then entertained us with his adventures in Kenong park. By then, my eyes were too heavy for me to carry. I quietly sneaked into my cozy tent and dreamt away.
Thriving for our next shower, we eagerly packed the essentials for a short 10 minutes walk to the waterfall.
To be continued … the paradise experience at the Kenong waterfall …