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The river which led us to the Jungle!

Our bungalow at Park Lodge.

Our humble little room...

Trekking in the rain!

Glad I don't have to rake these...


Finally something that makes my head look small...

Ariane enjoying some Tom Yam!

Atop the Canopy Walkway!!

View from the top...

Just don't look down!!!

Stairway to Ariane...

Wild Bacon!!!

The family that saved our lives...

"That is a leech"

"How do you know? It doesn't look like the one in Stand By Me."

"Well, we'll just have to wait and find out."

That was one of the many conversations Chris and I had as we tramped through the muck and the mud of the Malaysian National Rainforest of Taman Negara, located along the Tembeling River. At about 2 o'clock in the afternoon we decided we could leave the main ranger station and hike to a nearby native village to visit the inhabitants, Orang Asli(Original People), and have plenty of time to get back before dark and our departing bus. The signs said the village was a mere 4km away, but they didn't mention that journey was over steep terrain on a trail that often made us pause and ask, "are we going the right way?" We saw no other hikers. The afternoon slipped by and 5 o'clock hit and we still hadn't reached the village. We were at a critical point of our hike (not to mention that we had sucked the camel back dry): do we try and hike back or do we run to the river and pray that a boat will pick us up? We tried for the river and luckily for us a family spotted us on the stone landing and let us jump in their longtail boat and graciously went out of their way to bring us back to the park. An unexpected adventure to say the least but at the end of the day, even though Chris had to admit I was right about the leeches as he shook about 10 of them off his shoes, neither of us had to flick the blood suckers off our skin.

The rest of our stay in the park and adjoining town was very pleasant despite much rain and mud. We enjoyed walking their Canopy Walkway, a structure built 50 meters off the ground and 500 meters long. Even though it was obviously built as a tourist attraction, it afforded us great views of the 130 million year old rainforest, said to be one of the oldest on Earth. The rest of our walks were tame but we did spot some feral pigs that scared the CRAP out of me as they announced themselves with deep snorts just off the trail. We also saw a couple non-aviatory birds, monkies, butterflies, huge ants, and many beautiful flowers and plants.

After our stay here we are headed to cooler temperatures in the Cameron Highlands, about a 5 hour bus drive to the west.

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