When a Line Meets the Ocean

Ella

Ella is a lovely mountain town which had two popular hikes you can do, Ella Rock and Little Adams peak. We began in the morning to climb Ella Rock which was a straight forward hike on an unmarked path, we had been forewarned to be cautious and strict with anyone who may have wanted to guide us without consent. In our instance, once we had walked along the railway tracks towards the trail through some farmland we happened to keep bumping into a local man who gestured the direction we should take amongst the tall grass. We didn’t think much of it at the time and headed onwards until we arrived at a solitary farmhouse with the same man stood outside awaiting our arrival! Feeling a little bewildered and judging by the expression on the man’s face he wanted us leave, as we began to turn around the farmer brushed past us and led us out of his land back towards the trail. Once back on the track we thanked him and tried to walk away but he was insistent on taking us up to the rock. We said no several times explaining we had no money for a guide yet he walked ahead of us anyway. This became a very awkward situation which in the end resulted in him miraculously speaking English asking us for money and telling us how he’d given us a tour of the area. We were adamant not to pay him anything as we knew we had been scammed from the beginning. By this point we were luckily surrounded by other tourists and local police who told us not to worry and not to pay him especially as he was hurling abuse at us and spitting beetle nut everywhere. Ultimately, Ella rock was definitely worth the spectacular views but the experience was a little saddened by the relentless scamming that occurs. By all means if someone wants to hire a guide then they can do so by prearranging it rather than being cornered into it unwillingly. We were one of several groups of people that day unlucky enough to get tangled in a web!

Little Adams Peak

We decided to climb Little Adams Peak (1,141m) in the afternoon as the weather was cooler with similarly beautiful views of the surrounding area. It was a simple walk following the path through tea plantations and a slow winding up hill to reach the peak. When arriving at the top it was serine as we were the only ones there granting us great panoramic views. We traversed a little further across some of the nearby hills to see further into the distant landscape and along the way befriended a cute dog who just wanted to investigate with us.