8/1 – Today we decided to do the canopy walk – a steep climb up for an opportunity to view the rain forest from another perspective.
The bridge looked sturdy enough…
We were able to regroup at a rest station built around a big tree, and stowed our cameras away. Here are some views of the jungle below.
There were half a dozen long walks before a final ladder that took us back down. We were told that the walk used to be longer, but some sections were closed for safety. It was long enough for me!
A look up at the folks who were behind us:
We didn’t see any exotic wildlife today, but a German hiker showed us a pic he took of a huge tapir that was sleeping on the porch of his resort. (There is a very posh resort here for rich folks – a meal at their restaurant costs more than our lodging!). A Google search showed dozens of similar pix – evidently, the tapir is a regular visitor to the resort!
8/2 – This morning we did not take the boat to the park. Instead, we set out on a hike suggested by our camp’s resident guide, on our side of the river. Here there were no tourists at all, nor were there any platforms for easy trekking. We followed a path toward the Abai waterfall, which entailed crossing four rivers.
It had rained mightily last night, and the water level was higher than we’d experienced so far. If you know me, you know that skipping across rivers from slippery rock to slippery rock is not my thing – my balance is not great on a good day, and since my broken arm, I have an increased fear of falling. Nevertheless, off we went!
On the narrow, wooded path, we saw big piles of what looked like elephant poop. How could this be? When we returned to camp, we were told that, indeed, a band of twenty elephants roams this jungle, running along the narrow paths. Sorry, all we saw was the cantaloupe-sized poop!
And I lived to trek another day!