I would like to tell you a story about my second steam trekking adventure to 馬大石澗/Ma Dai Stream. Phil and I arrived at the meeting point to find there was noone there so a quick phone call and we found out that they had decided to go for breakfast at a local cafe, so off we walked to meet them. Remember on Phil’s first blog post about hea how he described how he goes on these activities that are relaxing and chilled? Well this adventure started in that manner we joined the other adventurers in the cafe and had a sandwich and drink! Then off we walked through a village towards the stream, it started off as a concrete river bed which was quite empty and the first part of the natural stream was also quick dry meaning that the parts that had water in were stagnant and green… So we decided to walk over the rocks rather than in the water!
After a while we came across some big rocks that with water would have been a waterfall and looking at it I thought how am I going to get up there, looking at other options we saw there was a possible path in the bushes around the side but to be honest that didn’t look easy either, so us girls decided that we would try and tackle the rock climbing up the dry waterfall and if we couldn’t manage it then we would walk around. So that is when spider woman came out and making use of the pipe up the side climbed up the rocks (with relative ease) and successfully reached the top with a smile on her face.
A natural spa
After some more walking, climbing and bouldering, we came across some clean flowing water so Phil and I quickly jumped in to cool off from the summer heat. After a quick lunch, we went to the local spa, also known as a pool with a waterfall (jet massager on your back).
We’re all going on a stream trek
Towards the end of the stream, we saw a HUGE cliff and knew that we couldn’t get up it, so the options were… Number one, we tried walking to the left and going through bushes and over tree roots but to no avail, we came across a structure that looked like a wall maybe an old railway cutting and there was no way through. Option two go and look at the waterfall again and see is there any way of tackling it (and in the mean time cool off in the water), Phil thought that last time he came it had been raining a lot and he was able to climb up as the level of water was much higher so you got a head start. Number three, head up through the rocks on the right-hand side and quickly we climbed up an easy route and around the next corner what should we see but several groups of people hanging out and chilling at a water pool. Success we made it up (well around the water fall), it reminds me of the song (with substitutions as necessary) – we’re all going on a lion hunt (steam trek), we’re not scared we’ve got guns, bullets too (gloves, boots too), came across a water fall – can’t go under it, can’t go over it, got to go round it, swish swosh swish swosh!
Above and beyond
We relaxed at the top pool for quite a while whilst people had fun jumping in and chilling out, then we walked off and away from the stream and bushwhacked up the hill. It was interesting how quickly the rocks changed from very hard dark rocks to soft sand stone. We cautiously went over caves and then found our way to the ma on shan bbq site where a quick rest for drinks was taken then back down the hill towards ma on shan. Back in the town we found a cafe and ended the adventure in the same way that it started with food! It was a fun day and I really enjoyed it.