Messing Around In Boats
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Accommodation issues sorted, we were keen to get started on our day’s adventure. We opted out of following the boardwalks through another show cave, and instead hired a boatman to take us on an independent exploration of the jungle. This involved another relaxing forty-five minute boat journey, this time out into a far larger part of the river
We knew that the idea was for us to spend a couple of hours walking up the river and exploring rock pools and waterfalls, but we hadn’t really thought the gear situation through, and Mikey’s plastic bag of our picnic not only looked ridiculous, but seriously hampered his ability to navigate the strong current and rocky bottom! The two men stayed in the boat watching as we fumbled about in the stream, falling over and nervously looking out for the dreaded leeches. We therefore decided to get round the corner so they couldn’t see/laugh at us and sort ourselves out.
Once we’d tied the picnic and rest of the gear in a convenient tree, we started to have great time. The water was absolutely clear and free of wildlife and swimming, stumbling and sliding up the river bed was brilliant. Giles particularly was in his element, leaping from rock to rock like his name sake the goat, and even trying to surf down the rapids
We finished just as the afternoon downpour started so we headed back downstream to find our boatmen waiting for us, eager to take us to another Longhouse and handicraft market. They weren’t selling stuff at this one for a change and after a silent guided tour with our massively shy guide, another man took over and showed us some medicinal plants. He spoke pretty good English which he said he had learned at the local school a boat ride away. Apparently the children from the longhouse all have to board at the school during the week as they boats can’t go every day.
The rain then disappeared, making for another chilled out boat ride back to the park headquarters. Once there we decided to make the most of our lovely chalet and stay there reading, blogging and best man’s speech writing. We ventured briefly to the café to eat and stock up on wine before returning to the chalet, this time to play that game where you write names of things and the other team has to describe them for each other to guess. I took it to a new competitive level writing lots of obscure chemical compounds, which G and C thought unfair. Luckily for them however Mikey hadn’t really understood the point of the game and chosen very un-obscure words like "goal" and “golf tee”!