On Wednesday we took a boat ride out to the island Mamutik to do a little snorkeling. The Nielson's are big water and swimming fans. Ben and I not so much. But we had never been to the island and wanted to check it out anyway.
Pictures of the beautiful beaches, water and island.
The next day we went with them to Mount Kinabalu. We always enjoy going to the mountain. For one thing, it is always so much cooler up there. Every time we have gone to Kinabalu it has rained. It rained again on Thursday when we made the visit.
On the way up we stopped at a little village that was having a farmers market. All the people from the nearby villages get together once a week and hold a market where they sell everything you can think of. We were particularly impressed with this fish seller:
Again we went to the botanical gardens. You can see some beautiful, amazing flowers there. Some are only native to Borneo.
We took a side trip on the way home to Poring Hot Springs. At the Kinabalu Botanical Gardens we learned that Poring means bamboo. I just thought it meant rain coming down in buckets. Learn something new everyday.
Because it was raining so hard, we couldn't do the canopy walk or see the butterflies. All we could do was soak our tired feet in the hot water. AHH. It felt so good. Just as we were taking the picture a lady came up and got in the picture between me and Sis. Nielson. Don't know who she is. She just said she wanted to be in the picture. Can't really see her too good though.
Mount Kinabalu is a beautiful, rugged, steep mountain. We met some hikers who were just coming down from a two day climb to the top. They looked beat, tired, exhausted and ready to curl up and die. They had been up since 2 am in order to hike to the top to see the sunrise on the mountain. The last few K's are straight up. They said it was hard to come down. They had been hiking for 12 straight hours.
We really enjoyed our time with the Nielson's. It is always great to have visitors. Anytime any of you would care to drop by, our door is always open.
We love you all and miss you all. Send emails. Love E/S Rea