A much needed catchup was needed with couple of ye ole’ friends of
Team Kawaii and co. With much preparation (got invited) Kim & Terry organised a cruise to the Blue Mountains for a bushwalking trip at the Empress Falls trail.
Arriving at the Conservation Hut we realised there wasn’t enough parking for our convoy so end up scouting the area to find somewhere to park, we ended up taking over a street. Poor house owners probably sick of randoms constantly parking in their street.
Funnily enough I brought my DSLR to take photos of the trip but decided not too because I was too much of itchbay to carry it through the trail, thought it would be hard to carry the gear only to regret it as we were traversing the terrain. So I decided to take photos with my potato Sony Z2 phone instead.
Empress Falls is one of walking trails accessible from the Conservation Hut, it’s a 1.1km hike including a return trip with steep elevation changes and according to the sign at the Hut it says it should take about 1 hour to complete and the difficulty is HARD, I’ll be the judge of that.
Not far from the beginning of the trial, it splits into a fork with one continuing the trail and the other one leads to a dead end which is the lookout point. We stop at the lookout point to soak in that atmosphere and view followed by oohs and ahhs.
No event these days would be complete without taking a group photo right? No worries luckily we had David with his camera with the gear needed to take that group photo! Even with a shonky camera remote.
As we went down the environment slowly began to change from the top it was typical dry looking Australian flora we’re so used to seeing but instead in huge amounts as we got closer to the bottom and the waterfall it slowly became a rainforest which was really refreshing as the waterfall was spraying a fine mist which was nice to breath and feel.
As we arrived at the main waterfall we watched some abseilers abseil down from the waterfall. One day I’ll finally man up and splurge on these kind of activities. We soon pushed on abit further to find a nice picnic area when…..
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Terry falls into the pools like a complete scrub…
After a nice break at the stop we on to the end of Empress Falls to find we were too hungry to continue other trails so soldiered on back to the observation point to decide on lunch. We opted to eat locally at Blue Mist Cafe & Catering at Wentworth Falls because Google and TripAdvisor says 4/5 stars. I love myself a good fish meal and ordered grilled Barramundi and potatoes and I agree on the 4/5 rating, it lost the 1 star in the value department because it was expensive. Poor person here!
After a good lunch session we decided to head back to take a break/go to photos of our cars before a mad Korean BBQ sesh for dinner. On the way back there was huge queue of cars due to bushfires with the fire department slowing down the traffic for safety reasons. My car decided to show the dreaded red blinking temperature icon, I was hoping it was just because I was hanging behind a Evo and the really hot ambient temperatures pulled out Torque app on the phone to monitor the temperature but it kept climbing. I decided to keep on pushing when I saw the traffic was beginning to flow smoothly again hoping the speed of the air will help cool things down, NOPE!
I decided it was enough and pulled over the next servo and wait things to cool down to investigate the overheating. Pulled out my jumper to sacrifice it to prevent scalding and burns to open the radiator to vent hot and pressurized air except it didn’t nor did I feel any heat or steam coming out from radiator opening. Worried that perhaps the water pump died or something that prevented water from circulating in the cooling system, I tried starting the car again but it refused at that point I thought I had killed my car.
Checking the temperatures again it was at face-melting 140°C (284°F for you Americans) I waited abit to see if temperatures would drop, it barely dropped. I decided to fill the radiator to see if any water pour come pouring out then I remembered about the overflow tank, nothing in it so I kept filling till water started pouring into it. I somehow lost water!
Hoping that SJM didn’t die on me I waited patiently before starting the car again and voila. HE’S ALIVE AGAIN!~ Time for the slow limp back home to make sure I didn’t bake the motor.
A great day that was almost completely ruined but hey at least the day didn’t end badly and I now need to investigate on the case of the missing water.