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The path to hellbourg

I never really expected to be as impressed as I was by reunion, I mistakenly thought that being part of france it would have fallen by the wayside to the trappings of civilisation, but remarkably outside of a few spots it's amazingly free of that jazz.
No suprise here it's breathtaking , I highly recommend ANYONE who's ever considered hiking to do the cirque de cilaos and cirque de salazie. I only really touched the tip of the iceberg when it came to places you could walk there.  For me it is a once in a lifetime visit, if only so I dont tarnish my fond memory of the place. It stands out even brighter for that.  I could barely speak any french at all, which was strangely freeing, because I was so bad at it I didnt feel like I was missing out on communicating like I might in an english speaking country.
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I accepted it; took things as they came.  On the ferry to reunion I met a couple of trekkers from the czech republic, they said they were going to do the trek around so initially we co-booked the gite de montagnes to save us a little money along the way.
As it turned out (well it was pretty obvious) they set a much faster pace than my old bones could handle, and that was fine, although I think maybe they wanted a little competition and didnt like the casual approach I took to it.  Well, casual was the ONLY way I was going to do it, I didnt have the fitness or need to blast away and push myself beyond my limits.  At that altitude and inclines I was already there at my limits.
I think they may have been scared I was going to have a heart attack on the path somewhere.
Cloud poured from a glass
Well.. it didn't happen I made it.. somehow :)
More often than not I was trekking alone down some path or another, especially in the later stages.  Luckily I fell only once on a muddy trail on my last trek day , piercing my hand on a spike of wood in a minor way but I dressed it and kept going.
I was only there some 8 days in total but really it was the most memorable of my 8 week trip, it had the things I love most. Natural beauty, travel and tasty food!  When you go to these places it's almost as if they were made especially for you, but then you think no, they were made for everyone to enjoy.
I made a lot of time up in the last day and skipped my last gite night to take the bus from salazie back to saint denis to stay my last night there and make my morning plane flight. I dont usually have much luck with these things, but just this once it was and nothing went wrong and I flew out in the morning to the granite islands, the seychelles to start the next part of my trip.
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The path to hellbourg
The path to hellbourg
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Cloud poured from a glass
Cloud poured from a glass
Waterfalls come in
Waterfalls come in
Mist abides here
Mist abides here
Green on green
Green on green
Toward the sea
Toward the sea
The clouds come rollin in
The clouds come rollin in
clouds gather in the morning
clouds gather in the morning
the cloud bottletop
the cloud bottletop
Forest path
Forest path
From mist to waterfall
From mist to waterfall
Flowers in the volcanic ground
Flowers in the volcanic ground
Part of the path
Part of the path
These plants were everywhere
These plants were everywhere
Early morning high farm
Early morning high farm
Cilaos from a few hours walk away
Cilaos from a few hours walk away
Mountains Edge
Mountain's Edge
Self-timed photo
Self-timed photo
Rocky Gorge
Rocky Gorge
Early morning sun
Early morning sun
Rims of an ancient volcanoe
Rims of an ancient volcanoe
Contrasts
Contrasts
Cirque de cilaos rim
Cirque de cilaos rim
Nature as it was meant to be
Nature as it was meant to be
Water and time
Water and time
Looking into the gorge
Looking into the gorge
At the gorge bottom
At the gorge bottom
Cilaos from a different angle
Cilaos from a different angle
Cilaos lost in cloud
Cilaos lost in cloud
Above the cloud line, piton de nei…
Above the cloud line, piton de ne…
Looking toward piton de fornaise
Looking toward piton de fornaise
The evening before the assent
The evening before the assent
The dawn from piton de neige
The dawn from piton de neige
Morning Fire
Morning Fire
Cold dawn
Cold dawn
Descent to hellbourg
Descent to hellbourg
Tired hiker
Tired hiker
Not over yet
Not over yet
Back to where I started
Back to where I started
Almost to hellbourg
Almost to hellbourg
Waterfall on the way out of salazie
Waterfall on the way out of salazie