Day 45- White Water Rafting

Trip Start Aug 23, 2009
Trip End May 23, 2010

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Rainforest Lodge

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Today I just got back from a class 3-4 white water rafting tour. It was a group of about 25 and we took a 3 hour bus ride to a small town and then preceded by train for another hour to a small camp where our rafts were waiting. The bus ride would have been about 2 hours if the bus didn’t go 10 miles an hour up super steep jungle mountains and the train would have been about 15 minutes if it wasn’t 100 years old. I don’t think it was that old but it definitely was an antique. They said it’s the oldest train in South East Asia and they keep it because tourist like it. After arriving we had a quick class and then got paddling. I felt very safe the whole time up until the river guide asked us if we wanted to swim down the rapids. Out of the 25 of us only 6 of us agreed. I jumped in the river with my camera and tried to film the adventure but the rapids overpowered me and I felt like I was about to drown so I stopped recording and had to start swimming. They told us to keep our feet in front of us so that we could use them to bounce off rocks correctly but the currents were too strong and I was twirling like I was in a toilet bowl. After a few seconds I regained control and got my head out of the water and was loving every moment. It was definitely the highlight of the trip and I cant believe only so few of us tried.

At the end of the trip we were picked up by local tribes men and taken by speed boat to another train station to go back to Kota Kinabalu. The guide said that the tribesmen picking us up use to be head hunters. Not so long ago these tribesmen would fight with other local tribes and cut of their heads off and keep them as souvenirs. I am glad that it was then and not now.

While we waited for the train to take us back to the bus the tour guides bought some fruit from a nearby vendor. The first fruit known as Rabutan was a spiky looking red fruit with a grape like substance in the middle. You had to peel the red layer like an orange and eat the grayish-clear looking grape that had a seed inside that looked very similar to an almond. It tasted very similar to a grape but not as sweet. I actually liked it and had a few more. In the jungle it was very cheap to purchase, you could buy a bags worth for about 30 cents. In the city it was 3 times more expensive. After looking around in the nearby jungle I could tell why they were so much cheaper, there were wild trees growing right next to us with the fruit hanging down. The next fruit the guide purchased was what they called Tarap. A lot of the Australians thought it was Jack Fruit but the guides said it was its cousin. It was a fleshy white centered fruit with pods that had the same texture as the durian fruit. I was hesitate to try it but grabbed a piece and took a bite. It was also good enough to have a few more bites. The guides said that this area of Borneo is the only place you can get this fruit. Overall I had a great time and cant wait to see what’s next.
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