Walking all over the world

Trip Start Oct 03, 2011
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Trip End Dec 25, 2011


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What I did
The Grand Canyon, The Three sisters, Blackheath

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our rucksacks have got a lot heavier than when we first started our adventures, with both our rucksacks weighing about 3kg more. This is just tipping them to the point of being a bit uncomfortable, with Amy's coming in at 13.5kg and Michael's at 12.7kg (despite Michael's bag being bigger and apparently containing half of Amy's stuff!). An early morning walk to the Central Train Station in Sydney is best accomplished at a relatively leisurely pace, and it's never wise to put on a clean top if you're going to be walking around with your big bag on that day!

After purchasing tickets to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, we set off, with our bags occupying as much room on the train as we do. The wet weather is clearly paying off for the countryside as it's absolutely green and bursting with life as the train trundles through it.

We don't do much the first day, just investigate cinema prices (Breaking Dawn!) and decide we'd rather not pay 12 pounds each, good looking as Edward Cullen is (can you tell Michael isn't writing this bit?) The hostel we are staying in, whilst decorated with gorgeous exotic drapes, is also a little on the chilly side, so we put on pretty much all the warm clothes we have with us.

Next day, we are up and raring to go, but alas, so is the weather... It's belting it down. Undeterred, we set off on the bus, with the driver telling us it's not worth the effort and we won't see a thing - greeeeeeeeeeeeat!

We set off with only a minor detour up someone's driveway by mistake and are now in The Grand Canyon. It is pretty cool, but it's also really, really, really wet. We trek down past waterfalls and towering pillars of stone, until we reach the bottom of the canyon; then we scramble back and forth across the stream, as they seem a bit undecided as to which side is best for the path to be on.

Two and a half hours of beauty later, we start to climb out of the canyon again, and it turns out we have been relatively sheltered - we get even more drenched, and drip our way into a little shelter for lunch. The view, alas, is non-existent due to the fog. We seem to evoke pity however, as a local ranger giving a tour to some Japanese people tells us to stay in the hut for 10 minutes and she'll give us a lift to a café, rather than another 45 minute walk along a cliff edge with no view. We're not that hard to persuade and are soon drying in a local café, before catching the train home and jumping into a gorgeously hot shower, with hot soup for tea, yum.

Next day dawns a bit brighter, and so we set off on another walk. Due to a bushfire about a month ago, some parts are closed unfortunately, so we head to the more touristy, but very impressive Three Sisters - some pillars of stone standing alone amongst a stunning view across the valley. Apparently there are some castle ruins in the middle of the view, but they're not quite up to the normal Scottish standard in our opinion - turns out they're actually just a pile of rocks.

We take in another walk for a few hours, and the views really are stunning, acres of trees undulating all around and huge valleys and mountains opening in the distance (obviously we've picked a flat route to walk on after yesterday!).

Next stop - train station, Sydney, then Newcastle!

Lots of love,

Amy & Michael xxx
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