Monkey Business

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Padanakan Dii

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

We had planned a heavy day of animal watching. We had all made it through the night in our jungle lodge, no snake or spider spottings meant that we had slept well. This did not result in everybody waking in cheery mood.  Actually we have decided that everybody is pretty grumpy in the mornings.  The breakfast at Padanakan Dii was good and we set off on the hunt for Orang-Utans.  I say hunt, what I mean is we drove 5km down the road to Borneo's biggest tourist draw and paid the entry fee to follow the circus of wannabee David Attenborough’s  along a manmade walkway. 

It was great though.  Our big hairy ginger relations (no jokes about my beard will appear here) entertained us fully.  We were lucky enough to see two babies during the feeding session at the wonderful Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary.  We let the crowds pass and shared some pretty intimate moments with some monkeys which had appeared to gather up the scraps left by the Ginger ones.

Some relaxing back at the lodge before heading off to the Rainforest Discovery Centre.  Here we climbed a canopy walkway to view the dense jungle from up high.  There was not much activity amongst the trees so we set off on one of the less well marked tracks hoping to find life.  An hour later we emerged, muddy and sweat covered with only reported sightings of centipedes, a black squirrel, giant ants and a leech.  You could really feel the jungle however and the knowledge that there were thousands of organisms deeper in was probably enough for today.  Every tree root looked like a snake so I was only able to switch off when we got back in the car.

Then it was a 100mph drive to catch feeding time at Lebuk Probiscus Monkey Centre.  These monkeys can only be found in this part of the world and we loved what we saw.  See photos (I think there are about 100 from today) for how extraordinary these creatures are.  To add to our experience there were some Pied Hornbills knocking around.  I was lucky enough to have one land on my arm which is one of the best things that has happened in my life!  I do like birds. There were also silver leaf monkeys, which are funny wizened furry black monkeys who amazingly produce tiny ginger babies which look like tellitubbies - we saw one which was only 10 days old. Like us with Olaf, the monkeys were all fighting about who got to hold it, and he was passed round several times.

Short on cash we realised we would need fresh funds to pay our bar bill at the lodge so we made the 30km dash to Sandakan.  Again my hypnotic driving sent G, C and Pols to sleep.  They did wakeup a bit when a local man jumped out of his truck to slam his fist into my window.  Maybe I should not make rude signs when beeped at, especially when approaching a red light.

The meal of garlic and spicy prawns set us up for the return leg and after a bumpy loop of the backend of town we arrived back at the lodge just in time to see the second half of Man U vs Everton.  What more can you ask for?  Orang-Utans, Monkeys, Hornbills, Garlic Prawns and Football.  Excellent!

Miles Cycled: 0 but we trekked a few through the jungle
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triciagick on

Carry on having fun you monkeys xxxxxxxxxxx

Lindy on

Just spent a facinating time catching up - absolutely brilliant. Easter hear a tad chillier than you and south of england etc however not raining - done easter egg hunt, decorating eggs etc.
Take care and keep the bloggs coming - I am addicted
All love Lindy

Jojo on

It is great to hear about your holiday together - the wild-life almost eclipses the human adventure! I still can't get over the voice coming out of the dark asking if you were the world cylists! Easter Sunday here and have given chocolate Easter Bunnies to CJB, Mark and Olaf and chocolate easter cows to EJB, AMB, George and Domonic (Christopher thought Easter cows were beyond the pale!) Had roast lamb in garden (Amanda saying it was 'The Lamb of God'') and the temperature gauge on the cycle roof is showing over 40 degrees! Olaf upstairs having a nap, E&G off on cycle ride (Iwonder where to!) Amanda and Dom off on the water in Mojo. CJB are just finishing off a very nice bottle of red. All is well in the world.

LOL jojo & CJB

Jojo on

I suppose it is quite possible the mass hysteria of today will completely pass you by! Amanda declared that the was 'beside herself with excitement'' and she was going to be crying a lot, - so she has taken herself off for a run. Elizabeth has just phone to say she keeps welling up what's to be done with them there won't be a dry eye in the house come 11 o'clock! E&G, Edwina and Jamie, Amanda and Dom are going to have a bbq at Swan Cottage (Edwina's parents). There are flags flying everywhere even in ultra conservative Bosham!

Hope you guys are have a wonderful time - look for to getting next blog and more pictures.

LOL Jojo & Christopher

Jojo on

Hey you guys not all of us have face book or scype with lots of bare boottoms - so give us bit of catch up! Had lots of alcoholic drinks ar aunt by marrriage and Adrians and then a sunddat luanch in garden - much wne taken sand so Antiques rooad Show - after the Archers

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