The Cascades Trail, Take Two

Cormac’s sister ventured across the Atlantic to spend a couple of weeks with us after Christmas.  We have been enjoying her company, and it’s giving us a fresh look at the places that we have started to grow bored of seeing day in and day out.  I think it’s just the pick me up to get us through the next couple of months when we get to go on our first R&R trip!

One of the places we revisited with Sinead was the Cascade Trail in Moka.  The first time we went, it was really foggy and we couldn’t see a thing.  The second trek down to the cascades was completely different– the trail had dried out (thank you, dry season!), making it much easier to hike without falling on your butt.  And the fog had lifted so we got some great views of the valley we didn’t even know existed.

An interesting fungus on the trail

An interesting fungus on the trail

The prized view of the cascades-- well worth the hike!

The prized view of the cascades– well worth the hike!

You can hear the water falls long before you see them.  The last time we stood on the edge of the foggy valley, I thought the falls must be huge and really close.  In reality, they are pretty large, but on the opposite side of a canyon.  You can still hear them and feel the spray, which must mean a huge volume of water is pouring out of the side of the mountain.  It’s truly incredible!  We spent close to an hour taking in the view and eating a picnic.  Cormac set up a tripod of sorts, and snapped a time lapse video.  You can find it at the bottom of the post.

Cormac MacGyvered a tripod to shoot a time lapse of the clouds rolling through the valley (see video below)

Cormac MacGyvered a tripod to shoot a time lapse of the clouds rolling through the valley (see video below)

Another shot-- with fewer clouds

Another shot– with fewer clouds

Enjoying a picnic

Enjoying a picnic

Getting ready to hike back out, the clouds were rolling in

Getting ready to hike back out, the clouds were starting to roll in

By the time we finished lunch and snapped our group picture, it was getting a little bit foggy.  The whole view was obstructed by fog when we finally turned to leave.  It’s amazing how quickly the clouds move on this island!

Stream crossing along the trail

Stream crossing along the trail

Searching for a dropped lens cap in the foliage next to the trail

Searching for a dropped lens cap in the foliage next to the trail

Our second trek was so much more enjoyable– in part because we actually got to see the cascades, but also because the trail was dry and we knew where we were going.  We’ll probably visit the Cascade Trail at least a couple more times before we leave E.G.

 

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