Off to the Blue Mountains today! Beautiful day in Sydney, we couldn’t have planned it any better. It has been rainy and cloudy all week and we woke up to blue skies and just cool enough for a beautiful hike. Phoebe, Sam (2 of my 3 flat mates), and I went with a tour group called Barefoot Down Under, appropriate name right?
So funny story to start off our morning, pick up was at 6:30am not at 7:30am…so at 6:40 we get a call saying “we can’t wait any longer but if you can, meet us at central for the bus at 7:30.” We grab all our stuff, call an uber, and we’re out by 6:50am. Made it to central a bit early and our guide helped right away was understanding and let us know we were alright and glad we made it. It always amazes me the impact someone’s attitude has on one another. A worried morning turned into a warm welcome and smiles for the rest of the day.
We first stopped at an army base with hundreds of wild kangaroo, a much better sight then to see them behind a glass or small enclosure. There are more kangaroos than people in Australia and the over population requires catching them in order to save the environment and species. Around 7million kangaroos are hunted each year so you can only imagine how many there are if this is considered a small amount! Unlike cows and sheep, kangaroos do not need to be farmed since they eat everything. Better yet, they only eat the plants above the ground, not tearing the roots and allow a quicker growth return. Another fun fact. Kangaroo meat is 98% protein, the leanest meat there is. It must be cooked at medium rare other wise if I may quote, “it will taste like a flip flop.”
On our way towards the Blue Mountains to hike to Wentworth Falls. From the high look out point you can see beyond. The photos will never do it justice. Once upon a time, this was a solid rock cross the highest peak. Soon the water underground eroded chunks of the land and created what you now see today. We walked down and round Wentworth falls hugging the cliff side under overhangs, and up 260+ stairs steeply inclined. Our guide said the record time for climbing them was in 3 minutes and 46 seconds. Haha I was so tired after even the first few I was dragging myself up with my arms as they were pulling on the railing and side wall. I took maybe 10-15 minutes and about collapsed. My breath was taken away from both the stairs and the view.
We then moved on to visiting the most iconic and touristy location, the Three Sisters. One of the many stories go:
3 beautiful princesses fell in love with 3 brothers, but by tribal law, it was forbidden. The Brothers weren’t happy and so they hashed a plan to kidnap the sisters. The sisters started to run away and from this disagreement, a big battle occurred with the brothers and tribe. The Witch doctor of the tribe found and stopped the sisters by turning them to stone. As the battle continued and came to a close the brothers saw found sisters as stone and went back to the village to hunt down the witch doctor to ask to change the sisters back. As it turned out, the witch doctor was killed from that battle, by the brothers.
Our guide told it much better and as confusing as that was; basically all you need to know was that it was its own version of Romeo and Juliet in a way.
We hiked along the three sisters view point and across the honeymoon bridge which led us directly onto one of the three sisters’ stone.
Back in the car, we drove to Lincoln’s Rock getting just a glimpse of where we hiked from above. It was absolutely incredible sitting above it all.
The entire time I was hiking, I couldn’t help to think about a book that I am reading, The Mastery of Love byDon Miguel Ruiz. I know the title sounds cheesy but I love self improvement and self motivational books. So coincidence or not, the part I read right before I left, he wrote:
“You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul…You find out that you are in every tree, you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life.”
I walked through the trails with such awe and appreciation, it is something to see if you find yourself in Sydney, Australia.
The perfect end of the day, we all stopped by a local pub for a complementary drink and cheers’d to an incredible day. i plan to go again soon