Tourist In My Own Country πŸŒ„ Ralleigh Falls 🚀 D-1

A few weeks ago we embarked on another off the grid four day adventure, exploring our own country with friends. It was my first trip to a place called Ralleighvallen (falls), that's a bit in the middle of the country. Definitely smack in the jungle; when looking on Google maps you'll only see forest green πŸ˜….

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We also had to be up early morning just like with our Apoera trip, because the bus ride would be approximately four hours and after that it would be a three to four hours boat trip in small (wooden) canoe like boats mind you, with little to no comfort. So we prepared our lunch for the first day the evening before, but woke up a bit too late to make breakfast on day one. Lucky for us, the food stands were already open, so we were able to buy something to eat in the morning.


The day started out very chill and despite the jerky ride (poor infrastructure) I was able to rest a bit and I enjoyed the company. Thinking back, I'm happy I wasn't focused on the time, because it would've driven me crazy to constantly check the time and trying to estimate how much longer. For the most part the ride was going well, except for that one instance when one of the passengers had gotten motion sickness and needed to cool off and needed some fresh air.

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After - I don't know how many hours - we safely arrived at Witagron, where we would step into the canoes, that would bring us to Foengoe island; our sleeping destination. And it just had to start raining at that moment. Happy that we came prepared and had garbage bags ready for our travel bags. It didn't look like it would stop pouring soon, so the bags, food supplies, camping gear, fishing rods, etc. had to be loaded in the rain. Then, I didn't realize that we were also going to have to step into those boats while it was still raining. When it was time to step in, I was a bit scared and definitely had it cold, because I forgot my oversized rain jacket.


That was when the real adventure started for me. I was sitting in a motorized canoe with no cover against the rain and/or the wind. I was shivering a lot, even when it stopped raining. But I'm not sure if that's worse or if it's the sputtering engine of the canoe, which lengthened our travel time. Not long after we left the shore the engine stopped working and the helmsman had trouble starting it up. Because we were with a large group, there were other canoes available, so the helmsman got help with that.

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Still, we could hear the engine sputtering from time to time and it breaking down a few times after that initial time. The helmsman was then able to start the engine again without help, until we were close to our destination. By then it was dark out and we had to use our flashlights to see and to beckon the other boats for help. Because we were near Foengoe island, the helmsmen decided to "tow" the boats by letting the passengers hold unto the other boat.


Imagine being in wet and cold clothes without a life vest, in a defect canoe on one of the deepest rivers in the country in the dark, with here and there rock formations coming out of the water. Could you imagine all of those scenes that might be going through your head? I kept calm, because I kept thinking of one instance that I went into a boat as a child in the dark. I was with family and it was or it felt safe. None the less, it got daunting in the end, because the two boats were sometimes squeezing each other, getting water into the other boat.

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In the end, we reached the shore safely, gotten out and helped unload the boats. After a good rinse in the shower, we were able to rest a bit and were ready for the hot cassava soup.


That's it for day 1. Chasse into the backstage! πŸ’ƒ


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Your adventures rock @tanjakolader - I've taken a few places for granted by not branching out.

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Thank you and there's so much to see, even in my own country. The only downside to those beautiful places here, is that few are fortunate enough to experience those.

I've taken a few places for granted by not branching out.

I know what you mean... For this trip I had to step out of my comfort zone a bit and if it wasn't for my partner I wouldn't know if I would ever book this trip, so glad I did though.

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The β€œhappenings” add to the adventure and make a good post/ memory as long as no one got hurt. I hope that Canoe πŸ›Ά trip was free πŸ˜‚

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Hahahaa indeed, these "happenings" may not be fun when experiencing it at the moment of, but definitely make for good stories and yes as long as nobody's hurt it's good.

I hope that Canoe πŸ›Ά trip was free πŸ˜‚

Man, we even had to pay for an extra boat! Because the group and the forage was huge πŸ™ˆ. Luckily the organizer had warned us beforehand that it would be the case. I would've at least liked a discount though πŸ˜….

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What a fantastic place! Thanks for the article and photos! 😎

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Thank you and I enjoyed writing this story πŸ˜….

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What an adventure.Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Haha thanks! Was my pleasure in sharing it, even though it wasn't that fun experiencing it or not at the exact moment then πŸ˜‚.

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I imagine it must have been rough going through the experience. At least it gave you something to write about. πŸ˜ƒ

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I can't even remember my last adventure that was more that changing a car tyre...😭

SOOoooooo Jealous!!!

See cause having an adventure doesn't always promise to be perfect, which is why it is an adventure when it not perfect! and usually a better adventure and always way more memorable too!

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...having an adventure doesn't always promise to be perfect, which is why it is an adventure when it not perfect! and usually a better adventure and always way more memorable too!

Hahahaa so true... I didn't enjoy the boat trip in the exact moment, but we got a good laugh out of it and will definitely talk about it for a long time.

I can't even remember my last adventure that was more that changing a car tyre...😭

Hope you can travel a.s.a.p. again, even if it's in the vicinity πŸ’™.

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Exactly, the adventure keeps going in your memory and stories for years to come!

Haaa I did travel today- about 7kms away to pick up the car from the mechanics and home again....a HUGE adventure...🀣

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Haaa I did travel today- about 7kms away to pick up the car from the mechanics and home again....a HUGE adventure...🀣

🀣🀣🀣 Well, nowadays leaving the house is an adventure in itself I think πŸ™ˆ.

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Actually that is very true, cause after so long of being a hermit, and loving being a hermit, it gets harder to get outside... you know, what to wear...then what to change into, then change again and then by the time you've found something to wear that you're comfortable in...it's too late. the day is over....πŸ€£πŸ™„

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So relatable what you've described.... I also don't want to get out, although we really have to at times hahaha.

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Yes, I did tonight- ONLY cause I ran out of food...πŸ™„ Damn it!

If I didn't need to eat, like actual fresh veggies... then I'd be happy here...

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Hahahaa yes, really for the food I'll go out πŸ˜‚, especially how delivery is pretty pricey here.

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Yeah same here too- I can only imagine...But I'm sure it is and then takeaway food is expensive enough as it it is, so why add another huge amount on top of that....

I see people in the lift with a tiny box of a very expensive dessert that has just been delivered, so for something that is about the size of a cigarette pack, they've just paid about $20..

Some people just have wayyyy too much money...

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Hi Tanja,
How are you doing?

Those are the most memorable moments in life.
Always enjoy the present, and cherish this amazing time.

Love,
Ushafe🌺

Ps. greetings to your dad H.K.

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Those are the most memorable moments in life.
Always enjoy the present, and cherish this amazing time.

So true and will definitely send the greetings to him. Funny enough, I got that traveling spirit from my parents πŸ˜….

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Noticee.. They are such amazing parents!
Keep on doing those graceful tripsβ™₯️

Love,
Ushafe🌺

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