Falling into Falling Water
Cicadas chirp in unison, in a pulse that resonates within the the walls of my skull in a slow, mind numbing drone. The air is thick with moisture and it accumulates on the beads of perspiration around our upper lips, along the ridges of our brows and in trickles from our temples. There is a constant haze that hangs in the still, heavy air for the same reason. My efforts to maintain some poise in my spiffy Columbia sponsored trekking outfit and snazzy orange Columbia trekking shoes eroded quickly when I tore a hole in my pants against jagged boulders and got my shoes wet after slipping into a stream. Bryan’s camera took a dip in the waters as well but Andrew, true to his training infront of the camera, was the only one who could strike a respectable pose, as you can see below.
Tiu Kelep, is a popular waterfall in Lombok. It really isn’t very difficult to reach but I guess that I was all fingers and thumbs that day.
The waterfall itself was a sight to behold. Around the the falling ribbons of water, veils of tumbled green draped the surrounding bluffs. At the foot of the falls, the waters, dashed against the rocks into atomic sized particles, were sent back skyward in a fine mist. As tempting as it was to swim into the splash pool and attempt to sit under the stream of falling water, we were dissuaded by stories of a local business owner and his son having drowned in an attempt to do just that, not more than a week ago.
We opted for safer waters in which to wade. If locals are to be found, it must mean that the area is safe. We made an attempt to fly our drones here, in an effort to get some good footage. The geography and resultant wind patterns made it challenging. But we managed to get some good shots that, you just have to catch here at this link.
Mangku Sakti is another waterfall on Lombok worth making the journey to get to. We made the trip in a 4×4 but a motorcycle would be the mode of transport that I recommend due the abysmal condition of the road.
Where Mangku Sakti differs from other waterfalls is in its high sulphuric content which, it owes to geothermal activity in the area. Come here with a skin condition and you’ll leave without it, so the locals say. Despite the acidity of the waters, there was no sting or bite on the skin when I put my hand in. I didn’t quite expect my hand to melt away into the waters but I was hoping to report some irritation. Well, Trippin’ Creatives to brings you info from the ground as we walk it. So, if anyone is curious, splashing your obnoxious kid brother, or mother-in-law with the verdigris green waters won’t make them melt away like the wicked witch of the West.