Backlog: Rio Seco Hike (21.07.12)

I haven’t been on an official hike in years! So when I got the opportunity to hit a nature trail and take some beautiful pictures I couldn’t resist.

Hiking is one of those things that I like the idea of doing but then when I hit the trails and it’s all mud and rivers to cross with slippery stones I found myself wondering a) What am I doing here? or b) Will I ever see civilization again?

That takes me back to various field trips. Especially that one in Upper Six with Ms. Alleyne when we went to Paramin to visit the small scale farmers and she insisted that we go see this cave!

There I was climbing down the side of a MOUNTAIN to get to a bloody cave whose main attraction was bats -_- I honestly imagined my death so many times. The side was so steep with no trees or anything to grab onto. It was dreadful to say the least!

Then in my first semester at UWI my Physical Geography lecturers took us to the Aripo Savannahs to see this quarrying site. It may not have been as bad as it was if rain hadn’t fallen and screwed everything up for us. THERE WAS SO MUCH MUD -_- and a river to cross too! Which I absolutely love (No.)

At the end he wanted us to take a ‘shortcut’ which was up the side of a hill. A hill with very muddy sides that I knew there was no way in heaven, hell or the 7 kingdoms in Westeros that I was going to cross. So me and a few other colleagues decided that today wasn’t our day to die and went back out the way we’d come in.

But enough about the past miseries of hiking trips. What of this one?

So the Rio Seco waterfall is located in the Matura Forest Reserve which is located somewhere near Salybia. (No, I do not know my country which is also another reason why I like to hike whenever I get the opportunity.) After a long (probably 2 hour) drive to Salybia we got out and started our journey to this waterfall and man was it tough.

The ‘tour guide’ kept saying we’d get there in 30 minutes maximum because, and I quote, “This is one of the easiest trails in the country!” Let me just say this: If that was ‘easy’ I’ll never go hiking again. All in all we took about an hour or more to get to the waterfall.

The mud really did ruin it (and make it fun when I really look back at it) but I suppose it was worth it!

It is such a beautiful place, so relaxing and fun (though the water was super cold!) The colour of the water is magnificent. A greenish-bluish tinge, so pretty.

I can still feel the after effects of it all. My quadriceps are paining me so badly, I cannot sit in one spot for too long. But as I said before, it was definitely worth it.




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