Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve (6/3/06-6/16/06) continued
Hone Creek Travel Blog› entry 5 of 16 › view all entries
June 10th, 2006 – by: smhirsch
We had actually been waiting a few days for Sebastián to tell us the gravel was ready at the road for us to start carrying, however, when Pablo announced that it was actually ready, we almost wished Sebastián had waited a bit more. Haha. Anyway, Brittney, Aimee and I figured we would just go down to the road and get it over with, so we took off almost immediately after Pablo told us that the stuff was ready for us.
So we get to the bottom of the reserve and head down the road a bit to where the gravel was being stored. We found bags and bags of gravel waiting for us. As soon as we picked up our bags, we knew we were in for a fun hike back up. Each bag weighed around 30lbs and it was difficult to figure out how to hold them. We had seen Sebastián carrying a bag that seemed to weigh 2x as much as ours ON HIS HEAD...but we had no idea how to do that and every attempt ended in a fallen bag and a stiff neck.
We got about 1/3 of the way up before we passed anyone else on their way down (slackers haha) and had to stop a few times on the way up to catch our breath and readjust the bags. We got up to the lodge and it felt pretty good, like we actually accomplished something...until we dumped the bags out in the pathway to find that our three bags covered maybe a foot and a half.
The next morning, however, more gravel awaited...we had turned into pack mules as Brittney kept saying...haha. After two or three oads of gravel that morning, we got a break in the afternoon, and convinced Sebastián to take us to the waterfall on the reserve. Pablo had told us to wear pants because we would be passing through a field with a lot of ticks and bugs so we all covered up...only to find out that there are like 7 different ways to get to the waterfall and the way we went had no field with ticks. :-P
It took us about an hour and a half to get to the waterfall, and the last part of the trail had an incline that was almost straight up and down, leading almost all of us to slide on our butts.
When we started losing feeling in our toes, we started getting out and drying off for the hike back to the lodge. We all felt so refreshed, no one was complaining, everyone felt good and renewed. It was amazing...
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