The guide said it was a gentle stroll to Göksu waterfall. “It will only take an hour,” he said
Sounded good, I thought. Göksu waterfall is described as a beautiful and natural landmark of the Black sea region so I was desperate to see it.
However, I soon learned that when it came to defining the words “gentle stroll” The guides definition and mine was completely different.
“You are not serious,” I said, staring down at a narrow, muddy ledge, only wide enough to take one human foot. If I slipped, the tumble down the mountainside would definitely result in broken bones.The guide was serious.
I walked the ledge with pure fear running through me, refusing to look down and thankful when I was told that was the worst of it.
However, it wasn’t. I felt like crying when faced with our next obstacle. “This has got to be a joke right?”
We had to negotiate our way over a fallen rock formation in a semi-circle. The rocks were slippery from the humidity. I virtually crawled across with my hands and feet, not caring how uncool I looked.
I knew that if I had an accident in this remote location, there was no chance of an ambulance arriving in a quick five minutes.
We continued walking up hill, the dense humidity was making me sweat, and I knew my whole body was crying out for water.
The plants of the dense green forest, at times reached up to my shoulders and most of my effort was put into avoiding prickly nestles with a sharp sting of which the itching would last for hours.
There were no smooth roads or paths, just rocks and to negotiate my way over them, I had to use every muscle in my legs.
To experienced walkers, the climb might be normal, but for someone like me who likes to play it safe, I was petrified, thinking about the next obstacle that would scare me.
The dilemma came when we reached the top. Bad weather, a couple of weeks previously had caused another rock fall. At this point, something kicked in and my attitude changed. My reaction surprised me.
There was no way I was turning back. I did not negotiate narrow ledges, semi circles of rock falls and the humidity of the forest for nothing.
I was determined to reach Göksu waterfall and nothing was going to stop me. The sudden burst of energy took me by surprise, and I bounded up the rocks. Once we reached the waterfall, I was buzzing and wanted to walk further.
My photo really does not describe how beautiful Göksu waterfall is, and the long, unsafe walk uphill was definitely worth it. I was soon to learn that in this area, there is an abundance of waterfalls and I got used to them, no longer experiencing the wow factor.
That day was about more than Göksu waterfall.
I remember walking back down and my mood had changed. While the narrow ledges and rock formations still freaked me out, I did not feel the need for dramatic outbursts expressing my concerns about safety.
I had wanted “off the beaten track” and I had got it.
I wanted to go back across the narrow ledge and the slippery rock formations. Something was giving me motivation, allowing me to carry on.
At the same time, the simplicity of nature was wowing me. I was no longer focusing my whole experience on safety, and this allowed me to look around and appreciate my surroundings.
We picked wild strawberries and came across freaky, slimy things, of which to this day, I still do not have a clue, what they were.
I have thought long and hard about that day and the mixture of emotions that I felt. I think it was a combination of an adrenaline rush followed by euphoria, which on this occasion was not induced by alcohol. It was simply pure and natural.
By the time, I returned to the bottom, I wanted to take on the world. I have heard some people say, that an hour’s work out in the gym gives them a buzz that lasts the whole day. Maybe I was experiencing the same thing; I was certainly on a high.
Despite the fact that I had joined a tour with complete strangers, to a place I had never been before, I felt totally at ease and relaxed.
Regarding that adrenaline buzz and following emotions of euphoria, I wish someone would bottle it and sell it because I would be their best customer.
As for the guide, I can forgive him for describing it as a gentle stroll. He took photographs for me all day so I had proof that I had been there and done it!
Readers Question : Would you attempt this hike to see Göksu waterfall?