This is the inside of our cabin. You could sit out on the deck and watch the river go by and at night you could see the fireflies lighting up and blinking. It was so cool.
This is the mud volcano looking towards the jungle. The mud contains a lot of salt and the animals like to come to the volcano to lick the salt. You can see many tracks of animals who visit the volcano. There is also a four story observation tower where you can sit and hope to see animals coming for a salt visit. While we were sitting there I closed my eyes and prayed, "Lord, please let us see some animals while we are here for this short time. We really would like to see some animals." When I opened my eyes, lo and behold there were THREE animals there, of the homo sapien variety from the next group. I had to laugh. The Lord really does have a sense of humor. Next time Lord I will be more specific about what type of animals to send.
We saw these elephant tracks in the mud. The tracks were HUGE. We also saw elephant poop in many places, we could hear them at night in the palm oil plantations and we could smell them, but alas and alack, we never were able to see them. I guess we'll just have to go back another time and hope they will make an appearance.
Here is a gibbon monkey in a tree. There were several of them in the trees outside of our cabins. They were fun to watch as they swung from tree to tree. Kathy thought it was also fun to listen to them calling each other.
Anytime you get back from a jungle trek you must check for leeches. Here is an example of a leech on the Wellington boots we had to wear while trekking. Kathy found one on her leg just above her ankle. It had drawn blood. Kathy was screaming and crying like a baby when she saw it (not really). She was brave and pulled it off and killed it dead. We had a sweet German girl, Heike, who was part of our group. One day she found four leeches on her.
Heike and I soaking our feet.
This is the restaurant where we ate our meals. The five of us sat at the table there in front. You can see John's back on the left and then me and Heike to the right of the green post. They had pretty good meals. If you got up early to do a dawn or morning trek, 5:30 - 6:00 ish, then you got a light breakfast and then when you get back around 8:30 or 9 they had a bigger breakfast. You had lunch around 12:30, tea time at 4 and then dinner at 7 or 7:30. Of course every meal had one staple dish -- r i c e!!
Crossing the suspension bridge over the river by our cabins.
I thought this flower was interesting too. There were two different types of flowers growing out of the same stem. Dawn -- what do you think? What type of flower is it?
Well these are just a few of the many many pictures we took. It was just an amazing place to visit and we learned so much about jungle life. The Lord has truly made us a beautiful world. Hope you appreciate everything around you. While we may not all live in a jungle, we are all blessed to have special things in nature to make our world better. "And I say to myself, what a wonderful world". Glod bless you all. Send us an email please. Elder and Sister Read