this is another trip that was done with prior planning that went haywire,which made us 'go-with-the flow'. in the end, we had crazy fun.
the initial plan was to accomodate 5 of us. but because kings can't make it, we had to let her go and continued with the journey. the finalization of the trip was made just a few short hours before the journey actually took place. i was stoked. i didn't really sleep that night and i got up at 0500hours to pack my things since this journey too will take me back to kedah.
we started the journey to perak half an hour later than the estimated time. i was worried already. afraid that the timing would not fall into place. we made several pitstops along the way, taking our time to reach perak and refreshing ourselves, now and again. although i have travelled that same road many times to go up north, when i was with my closest friends in the car, it felt different. the scenery looked more beautiful, the road seems more free, the company was just amazing.
we decided on the trip up to stop at Gua Tempurung. it was really on impulse. eliea wanted to go there, i wanted adventure, ain wanted to be safe, rozel was ok with anything. as soon as we reached there, we found out that the last trip into the cave has already started. initially we weren't allowed in as the last entrance for trip 4 is at 1100hours. but after much sap stories and almost begging, we were lead in by a ranger to join the last group.
we entered the cave with adrenaline rushing through the roof. the first few metres, we had to do it in a fast pace, in order to catch up. i was already running my way up the steep steps. knee problem (yes, my knee was killing me)? what knee problem? after 5 mins of running, we joined the said group.
the first part of the journey was fairly easy. walking through paved pathways, nothing much to it. we saw some weird rock formations, we stood at the only spot in the cave that had wind flowing. that spot is so cool. sometimes, the wind is too strong that it could reach up to 100km/h. we went to the highest point of the cave that overlooked a pitch black, somewhat endless bottom. the ranger that was guiding us was explaining the facts of the cave. i wasn't listening, naturally. i was too bz taking in the greatness of God seen in nature. it was too much for me to handle at that moment.
after the end of the first half, we were lead out into an opening where we were allowed to take in some sunlight and rest. i was too pumped that the rest made me jittery and i wanted to continue on. but it's ok. the time was then used for shutterbugging, posing crazy, and laughing our hearts away. after about 15mins, we were lead back into the cave to start the 2nd half.
the second half was crazy fun albeit a little dangerous. but with the guidance of the skilled ranger, we were in safe hands. we climbed up the rocks, we walked in streams, we crawled on earth and in water, we slid down walls of rocks, we went in holes, and all that. bumps and bruises and scraping of skin were taking place in full throttle. but that does not deter our spirits. what did deter the spirits of rozel and ain was that the soles of their shoes came off during the journey through the cave and they were utterly pissed by it. of course they do because it is not easy to walk barefoot on those rocks and stones. but they made it through anyways. hontonii sugoi!
we spent 5 hours (some of the time idling due to the previous groups infront of us) in the cave. 5 crazy fun hours. this is something that i can cross of my list of 'things to do before i die'. would i do it again? of course!! this is just a survey round so that next time, i would come prepared. or maybe, next time, i shall try another cave?
of course i would!
p/s: hey you, you coming?