Why Does it Always Rain On Me?
Mount Kinabalu Travel Blog› entry 3 of 13 › view all entries
May 26th, 2008 – by: Riz7
Julie is surprisingly good humoured for a person who has never risen at 3am in her life before as we set off. I go in front with a torch and the guide brings up the rear, but after 10 minutes we catch up with the group in front and as it is hard to pass on the narrow path we join the snake of walkers heading up the mountain.
The first 45 minutes is a steep path through trees after which it opens out onto an open rock face.
At the top there are a few groups waiting for dawn to break. The sun rises over the Eastern edge of the platean just before 6. It is a good but not spectacular sunrise; the view across to the east is particularly impressive but today there is cloud below us so no view of the country below.
We take photos and soon head on down, working up a good pace on the upper section.
We quickly collect our bags and have a well deserved and leisurely breakfast. As we eat the rain gets steadily heavier.
We delay our departure until it eases but this is only a temporary lull and by the time we reach the park gate we are pretty wet. Our timing though is good as while we lunch the rain becomes torrential. We are in no rush and keen to dry out so decide to stay in the hostel near the park entrance. The hostel is clean and tidy but seems totally deserted. There is a nearby park restaurant where we have dinner and relax proud of our acheivement of the past day.
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