Dehang: "Jiangxi Scenic Area"
June 30, 2010
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank heavens! I remembered to bring along my Leki Super Micro easy-lock, collapsible walking stick.
The hilly path along the Yuquan riverbank is narrow, rocky, muddy, slippery and flooded in places. Treacherous. I should have rented a pair of straw shoes!
Feeling my way along the track, with one hand holding the stick and the other my camera, there is no way I can also use my umbrella as I approach the Liusha waterfall.
Anyway, the umbrella would spoil the fun as the mist floats from the waterfall to cover my face with a fine spray. Carved into a large boulder, the sign reads: "The Flowing Voile Waterfall is 216m high and 30m wide being the highest waterfall nationwide. The water falls down the scarp like a hanging shade of pearl and a piece of voile gently kissing your face."
Aside from the cosmetic moisture of the mist and the challenge of the course, I am surrounded by vertical mountain spikes and the flourishing valley that has been carved by the river. It's a spectacular spot - without any other spectators.
I am virtually alone here in the Jialongxi Scenic Area. I do encounter one or two small groups of slightly younger explorers who laughingly glide along my obstacle-laden trail. Occasionally I spot a farmer in a small terraced field that is tucked into the folds of the valley floor and hillside.
Back in Dehang, a riverside minority Miao village, kids swim in the river while their parents tend the small shops.
This is my kind of day: strolling alone in a remote mountain hamlet, a rushing stream, a waterfall cascading down from a karst peak, a refreshing mist in my face.
Thank heavens for my walking stick. And my umbrella - it rains here in the mountains.
Always on the trail,