Just came back from an outing with the photobugs. We went to Jankar Waterfall.
We took met at a popular kolomee stall in Kuching at 6am. I was so blur this morning, slept quite late woke up at 3am scared I couldn't wake up for the trip. But I manage to wake up and reach the meeting point at 6.10am.
There was a total of 8 people (including me) on the trip, and once gathered, we headed off at around 7am. We took a 1 hour plus drive to some kampung road which was rocks and dirt. :-( my car now is not black no more, its covered with white dirt!!! The kampung road took us another 30 mins drive, and then we reach the kampung exit. to find ourselves cutting thru peoples farms to find the water fall trail.
The trail was ridiculous its basically non existent! We walked up steep inclines, crawl on foliage, for about 30 mins. Then we started making our way on the water trail. Gosh even worse! Cos my sandals had no grip and my gear was throwing off my balance. This combination added weight and strain on my legs. Some stones I cant climb cos I had too much gear weight and no traction. Once I pass some of my gear to my friends I could make up up easy. About 25 mins of water trail, we finally reach the waterfall. What a spectacular place. fantastic.
So we all started to shoot fotos and about an hour later we started heading down. So I still had the same problem, weight & grip. There was a point where I was at a rock which I had trouble going up, I also had trouble going down. I was just standing there and I started to slide downwards. -__- there was no water, it was bone dry! *sigh*
After a long and slow trek, we finally completed the water trail. Thats when my cramps start, at first it was only my calf muscles. Then both legs had slight craps. After 10 mins or so, the thigh muscles had cramps. Then both legs. I had to stop and sit down for 4 times. Each time the pain and the cramps got worse and worse. lower leg and mid legs all cramp. Didnt know to bend it or to keep it straight cos ALL muscles had cramp on both legs. I put heat rub also no use. Each time I stop I was out of breath, breathing hard because of the pain, not because I was tired or exhausted. I had never had both legs all muscles cramp on me before. I always had leg cramps problem when I was a kid. I guess something is wrong with my legs, weak. And under the circumstances today, where I had no grip and extra weight everything came all together.
So finally we all made it out, the 6 ahead waited for me and Alex (who stayed to help me) for 45 mins. Then we went to Lundu to have lunch. I couldnt drive at all, so Alex drove my car. After lunch I was feeling better and I drove back down to Kuching. We were all having a lot of fun chit chatting the day's trip and before you know it, I didnt take a turning to Kuching and was heading 60 km away from the junction. Only realise when I saw Semantan (1km) I was like HUH? SEMATAN? OMG WRONG ROAD! There are many resorts with nice beaches in Sematan.
Well we were all laughing our heads off, wondering why didnt we notice the junction. When I was about to make a u-turn we noticed that the waves were extremely rough. So we parked and went down to the jetty. Wow! The waves were breaking at the retainer wall with such force that it shook the ground. So we all got off from my car, and grabbed our camera gear. And started taking photos.
After thats done, we took another 1hour to get back down to Kuching. Had a short detour to a friends shop. He ordered a Nikon D300 which arrived in the afternoon. So we went over to had a look and have a go at it. A VERY POISONOUS CAMERA! I WANT!
So after that I sent my friends back and I came home had dinner and blog. DIdnt even bother to dwonlaod the pics. Maybe tomorrow. so tired. Sunburnt, sore, in pain. Had scratches and bruises on my arms and legs. I hope the water fall pics were worth it. Cos I took more pics at Sematan THAN at Jankar Waterfall