Morning trip to a canyon. I wondered why we don’t have canyons in England. I have Cheddar Gorge nearby, but what’s the difference between a gorge and a canyon? Is it the area, the depth, or how it was formed? I had to google it, even with the slow internet connection, and according to National Geographic “A canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides. “Canyon” comes from the Spanish word cañon, which means “tube” or “pipe.” The term “gorge” is often used to mean “canyon,” but a gorge is almost always steeper and narrower than a canyon.” So now we know 🙂
Our first stop was for a walk through a wooded area with a river running through it, though the river doesn’t have a lot of flow to it at the moment and is very shallow in places. We walked over what looked like a very rickety bridge, tied together with vine, but was in fact quite stable.
The whole area is very peaceful and the walk ended at the bottom of a waterfall where we spent a long time taking photos, concentrating on controlling our shutter speed so that the water has a blur to it.
After that, we drove a short distance, and walked a long way down to the water’s edge in what felt like at least 30º. By the time we reached the bottom we were all pretty desperate for a swim as the water looked so clear and inviting. Apparently there are crocs though, so not a good idea!. After what felt like an even longer walk back up we drove to the top of the dam (more steps down and back up!) and then back to the lodge.