Contd. from Part 1...
After the misty adventure at Riverstone reserve our bus whizzed through some winding narrow roads... towards our next stop.
Many years back with my fellow classmates, juniors and seniors I recall coming to this special spot. But the visuals I recall are all hazy from that time. But I can't forget how much fun we had, hand in hand.. about 50+ girls.. dashing uphill against the warnings of the teachers. This was a nostalgic place for me.. the renowned Pitawala Pathana.. it's much more than a sloping rocky hill carpeted with a thin layer of parched grass.
Soon we arrived at the spot and our bus parked at the parking area, at the foot of the Pitawala Pathana. One went to get tickets while we breathed a good dose of oxygen. It was quite windy, that we almost lost our caps! After a round of posing for pics, we started our ascend.. slow but steady.. is what I'd like to say but.. gosh.. the wind didn't let us move an inch!!!
In all my life I've faced such gale-like winds just a handful of times. Once at Tantirimale the same happened, and again at Illukkumbura hike. But this wind, this particular wind at Pitawala Pathana is a one you should seriously watch out for! It's nothing ordinary nor terrestrial. With each step we took, the wind pushed us back with its greatest force. It felt something similar to walking in water, submerged to the neck. We had to hold on to each other, wondering any moment the wind might carry one of us like Dorothy and Toto to the Land of Oz (as in Wizard of Oz).
I'm not sure how far we headed uphill, maybe it was a kilometer or less or more. While we girls climbed up straight fighting against the wind with all we've got, the guys went off at a tangent and climbed up the other hill which was quite far from us.. and we watched them turn into tiny dots!
We thought we might have to crawl the rest of the way. But our colleagues found some pockets void of our adversary - The Wind.. and led us through a foot path. After few meters we came up to the shrubs in the 5th image. And then they pointed.. the spectacle.
I climbed up to the shrub above and took these photos while hanging on it. It was funny when my friends started shouting at me, to step back at once! I think a little thrill won't do any harm, if you can get to witness something this good. But of course you need to maintain a firm footing and something strong to lock on your arms. And I put my life in the hands of the very shrub.. who daringly grew at the edge of a steep cliff... watching over this endless micro world!
Got some good news! I've updated My Albums so now you can see all the photos of Pitawala Pathana, Riverstone Gap and some scenes captured on the way. They're all marked as *NEW* for your ease.