Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Draysap Waterfall

Just outside of Buon Ma Thuot is an area of a few waterfalls named Draysap. It's a very picturesque and natural place that is only now just beginning to see the starts of the Vietnamese tourism horde coming in to destroy and pollute what was once beautiful and serene.

Here is a little story of how it got it's name

This name is derived from a legend of love story between a boy and a girl who lived in this area. Everyday, H'Mi - name of the girl - used to go to the milpa with her lover. One day, while resting on a flat stone, they saw a monster, whose head was as big as a mountain, eyes like bronze urns. Its body was glittery with silvery scales. Suddenly, the monster dived down from the sky and his trunk plunged into the ground, stirring up a colossal column of water. The monster spread out its large wings, flew around several times, making a fierce rain then flied away. In terrible shock, the girl disappeared into the mist. The boy was transformed into a big stump, whose roots stuck into the rock. This place was then called the Dray Sap, or Misty Waterfall.

there were some wedding photos being taken.

the groom and I. a happy couple

view from the bridge

view from the bridge

near the first waterfall's pool

there was a little whirlpool that had trash circling around in it.

it was dry season so on this part only a little water was coming down.

Kaja and I on the bridge to the second waterfall

near the base of the falls

looking down on the bridge

on the way to and from the falls you need to cross this rickety old many times fake repaired bridge. it was a bit scary to cross.

but we did cross and we did it in style

footwear and shirts are optional

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