Now however, there is only one sad lookout spot hundreds of metres away from the cascading water. Well, that shit just doesn't fly with us, and one crappy old warning sign and some rusty wire was the only thing standing between us and adventure. So adventure time it was. Over the wire, passed the sign and behold, the old path was still there and clearly still well worn. Obviously hundreds of others had felt the same level of determination as we had and just gone for it. And apart from there being no guard railing - which is a little hairy in spots we all managed to maneuver ourselves right to the base of the falls and enjoy a wonderful, and somewhat illegal, view of Lal Lal falls.
We have done a stellar job of instilling the right actions in our children because Seth was so concerned about breaking the law that he was actually quite difficult to coax past the rusty wire. Arms crossed and demanding that we don't break the law like a model citizen, he really did us all proud. He was convinced that the police were going to sweep down in a chopper at any given moment and it would be off to jail for the lot of us.
We managed to get around this little moral conundrum by telling him that usually we would agree with him, but that Craig and I had done the journey before and knew from previous experience that is was going to be fine and that we would never put him in harms way. That being said, I would seriously not recommend taking kids down to the falls via this illegal route, it is dangerous and not safe for little people in general. I made Craig hold onto Seth's hand the entire time and even them, I was a bit nervous. However, for sober adults that don't suffer from hip troubles or vertigo, I say - go for it!
Anyway, by the time we got back from our trek, our law abiding son was drunk with the thrill of anarchy and was up for anything, asking when we could all go out again and do something equally rebellious. Seriously, I probably could've gotten him to steal a car he was so high on adrenaline! Proving that seeking illegal thrills must be kept in perspective at all times when it comes to the younger ones.
Still, it was a really marvelous way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon and a great adventure for us all. Spending a small amount of time in nature is really very soothing to the soul. It is too easy to get caught up in our own stuff and then we forget to take in the real essence and beauty that is around us.
If you just can't get out for yourself, then immerse yourself in these amazing and life changing movies that are the absolute best depictions of the world that I have ever seen.
Release Dates: 1992 and 2011
Running Time: 96 mins and 102 mins
I think that it would be unfair to call these movies, or even documentaries, because they are neither of those things. They are a collection of short pieces of film and photography mapping the human condition, life on planet earth and spirituality from all over the globe.
There are no spoken words, only sounds and music, and sometimes there is no sound at all. We often have no idea where on earth things are being shot because the emphasis is on the experience - the what not the where.
The impact is beautiful, tragic, touching, breathtaking, disturbing and enchanting all at once, utterly unmissable cinema and a must see for everyone. Utterly superb, see the world as you have never seen it before.
FINAL SAY: Two experiences not two movies
4.5 Chili Peppers