I first agreed to join Grant on a hike Thursday morning with his friend Chris with the promise of some swimming holes along the way. The 7:30 wake up call wasn't exactly enjoyable but it was followed with a bowel of cereal and PB banana toast so I couldn't really complain (literally - my mouth was full of food). We were soon on our way out the door and rushing to the subway station where we proceeded to run (my short legs being a bit of a disadvantage). We met Chris on time but soon realized the bus we'd be taking to the mountains wouldn't come for another 40 minutes (dammnit we could've slept longer). Oh well, this gave us time to stop at 7/11 for snacks (lunch) and coffee - more mysteries in the coffee aisle as I couldn't read any of the descriptions.
The trek up the river was pretty cool and gave me a little taste of what river trekking is like - might have to add that to my list of things to do. I could swear Chris is or was a monkey is his previous life, no matter how fast I went he was always 10 steps ahead. Along the way we passed by some friendly Taiwanese, an old badass woman, a group enjoying lunch overlooking the river, and a pair of men that eagerly shared their picture of a snake with us. We probably would've spent more time exploring the trail or swimming in the stream but Chris was pressed for time since he had to work later that afternoon so we pushed on. Towards the end of the trail you come out to a completely different scenery of long grass and buffalo foot prints. I thought they were kidding earlier in the day when they mentioned this, but sure enough there were buffalo roaming the fields as we emerged from the forest. Chris made his way to the bus but Grant and I spent a little more time exploring the area and making friends with the animals.