So, next morning, by 4:30 we were up and ready to go! This morning, we were headed to Horton Plains--a National Park here in Sri Lanka that boasts a view just as incredible as the Grand Canyon--except that this one has lots of trees. The hike/view point is called 'World's End', and so we were off to see the end of the world as we know it! Ha! (I did sing that song a LOT while driving there and hiking there...poor Devin...) We took a tiny wrong turn on the way down (it was REALLY dark and we didn't have a GPS), so we went the scenic route. Whew. Dang. We DROVE the end of the world! Holy heart attack. The road was hairpin (and I do mean hairpin--as in ZIGZAG--as in we had to do 5-6 point turns just to get to the road again!!!) turns all the way up a HUGE mountain and it was one lane that was NOT maintained. BEAUTIFUL views, though!! I had to get out and do jumping jacks at the end of that one, though, to release the adrenaline rushing through my body! Ha!
We finally found the right road, but then we pretty much had to do another hairpin, hair-raising, twisty turny up a mountain side adventure to get to the park itself. This time, with other people who were crazy enough to want to see the end of the world. We made it, though. The hike was really lovely. It's a round trip, so we went the opposite way of everyone else, which was brilliant, because we got to hike in the quiet! We saw waterfalls, plains, jungles, weird horned lizards, monkeys, birds...so beautiful! Then the end of the world: It's pretty cool! I don't think it's QUITE as extensive as the Grand Canyon, but it IS a drop and it's very pretty. I'd do it again.
After we hiked World's End, as we were driving out, we saw another trail head. It said it was a 2km hike to the top of the third highest peak in Sri Lanka! Well, we just had to go! So, up we went! The hike was lovely--very quiet and woodsy. The views on the way up and down were SO beautiful! We even stopped for a little 'picnic' to enjoy the view! The summit, however, was a disappointment. It was a big old radio tower all fenced off with some broken solar panels! It was completely surrounded by 5+ ft tall shrubs, so there was no view at all whatsoever. SAD! Oh well. Again, it was worth the hike. Sometimes you do things just to say you did them.
Bright and early the next morning, we decided we had to use our bikes one last time. So, 6 am, we went off on a sunrise bike ride! It was SO lovely! The air was cool, hardly anyone was out because a) it's 6am, and b) it was the Sri Lankan New Year day--an official and HUGE national holiday! We rode our bikes up a mountain and it was glorious! The views were beautiful, the company was fun, we waved to people who were out, and just felt happy and calm riding 20+ km on a bike up and down a mountain in Sri Lanka. Everyone needs days like this. Best. Day. Ever. Sometimes, you just gotta do something different and outside...where it's not hot. :)