By Roxie Daims
The sun hadn’t yet risen when I woke up and pulled the blankets off of my drowsy body. It was a bright, crisp morning and the sun shone through my window and poured onto the floor like honey. I quickly dressed and grabbed my backpack, it was time for our first expedition and I was up and ready to go!
We drove for an hour through green hillsides and pastures filled with cows and horses before arriving at the Karen Mogenson reserve. Even before starting the hike I knew it was going to be a wonderful adventure. Our guides were kind and forgiving of of slow pace as we steadily and surely made our way upwards. After hiking for about an hour I had become exasperated, hot and rather sweaty but I knew that we must go on and I was aware eventually each step would pay off. We hadn’t been going for long but the heat was rapidly getting to me.
At last we came we came to a crystal clear river and within that moment I thought it was the most perfect and incredible thing.That was until I walked about 50 feet further and there towering above me was a giant, powerful and gorgeous waterfall. My breath was instantly ripped from my body and my mouth dropped, it was so incredibly amazing I was practically stunned. I stood in utter awe of this natural miracle for a minute… or maybe five before proceeding to the waterfall. I dropped my bag and plunged myself into the fresh, crystal clear water. The feeling was magical as the cold but perfect water embraced me and the trees above created a green, glowing and welcoming environment. I have found there are not many perfect moments but that was surely one and it will stay in my heart and mind forever.
On the second day of our hike we rose at 5 o’ clock, ate a delicious breakfast of plantains, pancakes,fruit and hot chocolate then started on the long journey we had ahead of us. After a few hours the sun was high in the sky and its warmth was pouring down upon us as we reached the top of a tall peak. The sea was to my left and the mountains to my right and I was simply on top of the world. Everyone was taking pictures, talking and laughing but In that moment Everything disappeared and I was captured and fascinated by the perfect beauty of the natural world around me and the feeling was incredible.
The hills that we were climbing seemed to me to stretch forever into the sky but despite my tiredness I put one foot in front of the other and continued on my way. As we proceeded I found myself thinking about how much of this natural world has been cultivated, renovated and civilized. Being in a place so untouched my people makes me think about what we have lost throughout civilization. The conservation I must take when living in nature makes me appreciate the seemingly simple things I may take for granted everyday. After hiking all day a sip of water is delicious, a plate of food is heavenly and a cool shower almost breath taking.
We hiked for 8 long hours and when we finally reached the end I was sweaty, tired and disgusting but at the point of blissful, carefree happiness. The feeling of accomplishment was in the air and I felt pretty wonderful. Our adventure had been wonderful, it was amazing to be in a place where humans are not in control, where we are the guests and the visitors. We completed the long journey and it was surely a success. The memories from such an adventure will never fade.