|Photo by L. O. M|
| THEN ---The World's Steepest Railway --- NOW|
I did the things that most visitors do of riding the scenic skyway cable car to see the waterfalls and the lookout for a nice view of the Three Sisters. However, I made it a goal to do more ‘bushwalking’ on this trip. The cable car car took us to the other side where a number of trails branch-out. I had no idea which one went where so I just went the opposite direction of the Wentworth Falls, where everybody was heading. The trail was at the edge of the mountain; it was scary that I thought a misstep would take me tumbling down the limestone cliff. But the view was incredibly beautiful. I was at the complete opposite of another mountain range. In between a wide-open space, overlooking a sea of green and eucalyptus trees and white birds flying over the green trees, I could see the towering orange/purplish and gray cliffs and the rocky pinnacles on the other side. I also saw remnant of burned trees still clinging to the cliff.
As I stopped and gazed at the majestic sight, the whole place burst with energy. I realized that people have the same desire that brought me there. They come from different corners of the world to enjoy the incredible natural wonder. I then began to understand the need for structured tours and cable cars and railways and boarded trails to prevent us from kicking down thousands of plants and destroying the ecosystems.