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Published: June 15th 2012
Today started similar to the others with a nice fresh breakfast, but no bird attacks. Except of note that Chester got the nice wakeup call of Kermit jumping from behind the toilet that she was sitting on and into a small basket on the shelf. As she came running out of the bathroom, Kirsten AGAIN had to come to the rescue and get the frog out of the bathroom. Then we headed to the lobby and as usual had to wait for the inconsiderate couple that is habitually late who was just going to breakfast. After Kirsten lead the way to the restaurant to tell them they were holding up the entire group and it was rude, we headed out with our local guide for what we thought was going to be a very strenuous hike in the jungle. With the rain from the night before we were ready for the worst but were pleasantly surprised 90 minutes later when we were back at the lodge. While on the hike the many natural remedies were pointed out including the local Viagra. Yuri. Our guide says he has never been sick and never gone to the doctor using the jungle ingredients. He
taught us how to use a blow dart and a bow and arrow. All did good on the blow dart, but Kirsten and Chester, outdid everyone with the bow and arrow. Judy did go back to her old ways when she took a tumble in front of everyone trying to step in place to take a picture of Kirsten shooting the bow and arrow. But don’t worry the camera was fine. One guy was nice enough to help her up because the rest of us were still laughing. Betty and Judy tried some strange brew they make from tree bark so pretty sure they will be up all night in the bathroom.
Shortly after returning from the hike we gathered to head out to see the monkeys. We again waited for our favorite couple who were late. The Eco Park has a sanctuary that partially supports the monkeys feeding them 15% of their needs 2 times a day. So we were able to see about 30+ monkeys at feeding time come down from the trees. There were 3 different species, holler monkeys, Marmosets and some kind of red faced monkeys. They were amazing to watch pumping through the trees.
We returned to the lodge and had an hour or so until lunch. Chester and Judy were sweating the entire morning, while Betty and Kirsten found it pretty comfortable. We found the hammocks and all 4 of us managed to get in with no incident. We were all sleeping great when one of the workers picks up a small green cobra right near our hammocks. Judy and Betty nearly fell out trying to get it away from them. Kirsten did pet up but no one was up for holding it. Then we ate another meal (we eat a lot here) and had some time before our next excursion so got another nap and some reading in (we sleep and read a lot here). Chester had said she was going Amazon while she was in the Amazon and not going to shave. But after spending a few days with our local guide she realized that the natives don’t really have any hair on their bodies, so she was forced to shower and shave.
We then headed out for a trip to one of the local’s houses to see how they lived and some of the foods and herbs they ate.
Judy got some great information for her foods classes and Kirsten and Chester had fun talking crap about everyone. We learned how they used to make rubber, but then the Malaysians beat them out. After this we headed by boat to some suspension bridges in the jungle that let you view the jungle at the different levels of the canopy. This was just at the end of the day so quite tranquil. Judy and Betty did not love the suspension bridges because Kirsten and Chester kept making them feel like earthquakes. Another boat ride near sun set down the river so see some more monkeys and back to the lodge for more food. Hopefully we can all sleep tonight after all the naps we had today.
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