There’s never a perfect traveling experience . In each and every story there’s a side sometimes I don’t want to tell but what the hell that’s the most fun part, when you look back on what is rather the most memorable situation, which isn’t always perfect.
This is my top 5 screwed up/worst moments
1.When your tent broke down
It was a windy night and we were hoping that our tent wouldn’t go airborne. Around 3 AM in the morning I could feel the tents try to fly off, but unexpectedly “Charas chakas creeez ” was all i heard before it fell onto our heads.
The outside was so freezing that I couldn’t feel my hands , so at that moment I decided to stay inside the broken tent rather than freeze to death.
“When life gives you lemons make lemonade”
The moral of this is, ‘When the wind is too strong make sure you have ropes or a strong tree supporting your tent . (second time I didn’t mess it up at Havagala)
2.When the Volume is too much
From Matara to Thissamaharama , bus drivers are famous for fast driving but what they are not famous for (but should be) is the LOUD stereo that they have in their busses .
After surfing which makes you tired, I got into bus hoping to have nice sleep , till I arrive at Thissamaharama to visit yala, But to my bad luck this bus driver made sure that I didn’t get a wink of sleep on my journey.
Noise cancellation earphones is a must 😛
3.When GPS signal goes off and you have to act like you know the road
Well since I decided to climb Havagala without a guide , the day before, I got well prepared. Went through all the trouble to find GPS coordinates and make sure I didn’t get lost, most importantly my team didn’t get lost .
So everything was smooth and sound until Technology suddenly decided to go “missing in action”. And there I was no direction to head and only the compass I had on hand.
And I had to act like I knew the path because I was the only person who researched the route. So I let human insticts take over in place of the technology (that i was so reliant on) and let my brain guide us in the route. And thankfully after another half an hour we found the trail and GPS signals also returned (about time !!!!)
(Lesson learned: next time before you go off the route Well make sure you have a map of the area and a compass to guide you through 😛 and of course learn how to read a map.)
4.When you have broken shoes
Well this was quite recent and happened during my pilot trip to alagalla (potatoe Range )
I was half way through the journey and my old shoes decided to break down. Now the thing is that shoes are important when you treck through this part of the country due to all those pointy needles like things.
Again smart thinking came to my help. With a quick fix and use of laces, i managed to pull together the sole of my shoes until the end of the treck.
Always check your shoes before each and every hike for possible defects and also have an extra pair of slippers at least
5. Getting Burned
Well, when you surf for the first time you only think about few aspects and those are techniques, safety and the like. But how about the after effects ? Well, I found them out the hard way.
After surfing around mid day (12 to 2 ) I went home a happy kid . Two days went by and my skin was peeling off like in an onion. Hmp
So here’s what you should do to do avoid rookie mistakes likes this, apply sun cream or make sure you wear a full wetsuit and protect your skin