Going down was fun. Despite it being tiresome on the knees, it was still treacherous and slippery. One still has to pay careful attention to 'not fall down' like a humpty dumpy on the way down. As we retreat to home base, we trekked along the sides of a river. The gradient was up and down, meaning several streams joined the main river by the sides. With a drop of at least 60-70 degrees at some points, it was fascinating to see nature at its works. Streams pour little droplets of water into little rivers, that led to the rapids.
We crossed a couple of rivers. The first required us to get wet, where a log was available but no very feasible to cross. Thankfully, experienced Orang Asli's were available to help. Next up, we had to cross a wide body rapids at its shallow grounds. Through my experience crossing it, I've learnt the darker areas or non-sand colored areas may lead to deeper and un-crossable areas. In the end, I crossed the river while barely wetting my undergarments! Damn...
Soon, we reached the final river, where we had some much needed soaking in the otherwise clear river water. Sitting at the rocks, I could simply feel the impacts of nature's acts that allow the forest to be as alive as it could be. The final leg was to trek to the home base, aka the Orang Asli Village, whew, I thought it was a short one! No it's not, I was a little long and a little too warm.
Next, we hopped on the 4WD, a 3 hour ride to Lasah. Despite getting sun burned and the bum of the hood, the ride was memorable and fascinating. On the way, we passed some other villages and a logging farm. Despite nature's efforts to grow, mankind and Nature will continue to have its hands here and there. Mankind rely on logging for hardwood for construction, buildings, furnitures and products. Nature builds as it goes, generating more oxygen with every tree grown. Thus, it is important to strike a balance between using and overusing nature to its fullest.
We washed up (except me, a long story) and we set off to Dinner. Ipoh Hor Fun, BeanSprouts, Salted Chicken, Fish balls and Meat Balls with Soup. An hour of shopping was given, and we set off to the comforts of daily life, our home, Singapore.
A pleasant journey indeed. A mountain conquered is one down of many. Many more to go, I'd say. Till then.. 😀