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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

In Brief: See some photos from a hike up to a special swimming spot in Yunmeng Gorge.

We’d planned the Level 4 Great Flood hike for today, but with a forecast high of 37°C we decided we’d better change the plan!

The Great Flood hike finishes with a walk out Yunmeng Gorge, a scenic area with a river and good pools for swimming. Instead of doing the full hike, we drove straight to Yunmeng Gorge and hiked up to the swimming holes - a much cooler way to spend the day.

We hiked up the gorge, a flat and easy walk between high cliffs. It’s usually even easier, but with the hot weather we were all feeling the heat.

But the reward for venturing out on such a hot day was worth it!

We hiked out of the park area at the entrance to Yunmeng Gorge - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

We hiked out of the park area at the entrance to Yunmeng Gorge.

Clear water, nice! - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Clear water, nice!

Hiking further up the gorge - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Hiking further up the gorge.

This old road leads up to a tiny village in the gorge - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

This old road leads up to a tiny village in the gorge.

These girls have the right idea, it's hot! - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

These girls have the right idea, it's hot!

We stopped to cool down, too - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

We stopped to cool down, too.

We walked over these boulders looking for a spot to swim - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

We walked over these boulders looking for a spot to swim.

Crossing over the old riverbed - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Crossing over the old riverbed.

Yes! - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yes!

Perfect for a swim - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Perfect for a swim.

So cool in the water - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

So cool in the water.

Cool, clear water - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Cool, clear water.

Photo time by the rocks - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Photo time by the rocks.

Cooling off - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Cooling off.

Cheers! - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Cheers!

Finished swimming - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Finished swimming.

After swimming we dried off on the rocks - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

After swimming we dried off on the rocks.

We hiked back the same way we came - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

We hiked back the same way we came.

Last view of the gorge - Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Last view of the gorge.

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