....with the sound of Monkeys !!
29.12.2010 - 30.12.2010 24 °C
29th December 2010
A tired, drained and pale Jen woke and said something about not feeling like eating anything for breakfast. Well that proved to Stew beyond all doubt that she really was ill, as it was free food she was spurning! Still reeling from this news (and the smell in the bathroom) Stew decided he was partaking in the free breakfast on offer alone and munched away quite happily on eggs, toast, fruit juice and tea, while Jen feasted on a single piece of dry toast!
Deciding not to overdo things today (and to not wander too far from an available toilet, just in case!) we took a slow stroll down towards the bend in the road where we saw the lake views from the bus yesterday. On the way we encountered a large troupe of monkeys who were quite inquisitive and playful but kept their distance from us, just in case! A little further down we came across a beautiful waterfall which seemed to feed the lake via a fast flowing but small stream. We hung around here for a while snapping photos of the gorgeous vistas around us before slowly trudging back up the hill.
Either side of us were row upon row, acre upon acre of tea plantations and we could really smell the strong scent of tea in the air around us. A little further up the hill, we stopped to watch a small band of tea pickers at work, each carrying a large white sack on their back and picking the tips off the plants, some of them stopping to wave and call to us as we happily snapped away at them on our cameras.
Once back at base, Jen announced she was actually hungry for some proper food, so, bearing in mind her fragile state, we carefully chose and ordered a nutritional and balanced meal of 2 slices of bread and butter and a big plate of chips washed down with a Coke! With time pressing us as we were leaving in the morning, we realised we couldn’t stay so near Adam’s Peak without attempting the climb, so made the decision to give it a go at 1:30am giving ourselves a little more time to make the summit before sunrise. Back in our room, we packed a rucksack with all the essentials (including Immodium and Andrex!) and climbed into bed to try and get some sleep before starting the gruelling climb.