Gibbon Experience

Trip Start Mar 24, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

So we just got back from the Gibbon Experience.  It was amazing and crazy all at once.  We left at about 9 in the morning rode for about 2 hours in the back of a crowded truck to a small store, we got out used the bathroom and then got back in the truck.  We were all kind of wondering at this point where we were headed.  We soon found out that we were going to drive across a small river and into the forest.  It was crazy, it had rained the night before and the muddy roads were pretty slick and we were going up and down hill.  Thank goodness I had taken some Dramamine or else I am sure that I would have been sick.  After an hour of this bumpy off roading, we arrived at a very small village.  From here a guide lead us to the kitchen.  What we were unaware of at the time was that this walk was about an hour and a half and it is pretty much entirely up hill!!  I thought I had been in shape till after this!!!  And the craziest part was that we weren't finished!  We sat down caught our breath and then we were on to our tree house.  We stayed in tree house number one so we did not have to go very far, I'm not sure that I could have if I wanted to lol.  But anyway later that day our guide took us out to zip line through the jungle and walk up more hills.  Zip lining is amazing it is really like nothing I have ever done before in my life, you feel soooo free and there is nothing below you but trees and trees.  The hard part is that because we did not weigh enough sometimes you stop on the zip line before it has ended, man is that scary, dangling above the forest and then you have to pull yourself in.  After a day of practice the second day was much better.  Sleeping in the tree house was surprisingly relaxing, everyone warned us of the noise but I kind of liked it.  It reminded me of being at the farm and camping as a kid!  We awoke very early the next morning to race through the forest and up hills to find the gibbon, we were unsuccessful on the first day.  But the second morning we woke up earlier and some people in our group were able to see them.  I was not one of them.  I did not mind though because zipping the morning through the fog and listening to the gibbons was really enough for me.  I am pretty sure I lost about 5 pounds just in the time at the gibbon experience.  It is really crazy to use the bathroom the tree house because it is a squat toilet, which is pretty typical here, but the hole just went straight into the jungle, a little odd.  There is also a shower, a very cold one, but a shower none the less.  Now that is insane because there are two walls that face out into the jungle where no one can see you, so you are naked and just looking out into this huge jungle, pretty amazing.  Now that we have arrived back in Huay Xai we have booked the slow boat for tomorrow which will be a two day trip down the river to Luang Prabang where we plan to spend some relaxing time taking cooking classes and possibly going to the waterfalls.  I am very excited for that because after all that hiking I definitely need some relaxing time!! 
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