For a long time I only had one CD in my car. It was one of the Triple J’s Like a Version albums. It got played on climbing trips, camping trips and trips to the supermarket.
One of the songs was a cover of the TLC song, Waterfalls. If you want to listen to it, click here. The chorus starts with some advice: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls; Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.”
I must have heard that line about 1,736,482 times.
I think its actually terrible advice.
My advice is that you should go chasing waterfalls. Big ones, small ones, close ones and waterfalls that are far far away from you. It’s a fun way to explore a new place. Usually waterfalls mean big cliffs, good views and the chance to swim around in some kind of paradise.
My latest waterfall hunt took me to Minnehaha Falls, near Katoomba.
A 1.3km walk takes you past pretty wildflowers and down down down into a typically good-looking Blue Mountains valley.
At the end of the walk, you are rewarded with an impressively tall waterfall and a peaceful little creek to dip your toes in.
The pool does not get a lot of sun, so the water is breathtakingly cold. I made a lot of high-pitched squeaking noises each time I put my feet underwater. Goosebumps shot up my legs.
Dirtbagjens and BBBaschi are made of tougher stuff.
Dirtbagjens used a rope swing to launch himself into the water.
BBBaschi just jumped right in and swam a few laps.
I hid behind my camera and promised that I’ll swim there one day. Maybe after a long day of climbing in the summer sun.
I’ll go chasing waterfalls again soon.
Click here for directions to the start of the trail to Minnehaha falls. I wish you sunshine and warm water for your own visit. Let me know if the rope swing is still there!