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Sunday, 3 April 2011
Location: Bahau Hulu, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Day Five in the Jungle

walking in the river bed
walking in the river bed

We started to descend from the mountain this morning. It's high time for Adri not to be frozen every night. In fact walking downhill is not easier than uphill, either. The moss forest is really cool, it's like being inside a fully wet sponge. The good news is that we think hornbills like it. Or the mountains. Or both :) Today we've seen a great many of them. Apart from them we've only seen a snake, no deer, no bears, no monkeys. We've only seen the signs of the presence of monkeys: half eaten fruit dropped from the canopy. This drives Adri mad: finding beautiful half eaten fruit on the ground while we haven't eaten any for at least 7 days! For one reason there's nothing edible in this forest, otherwise it's very difficult and therefore expensive getting to these remote villages. So they only take the most necessary things up the river. And there's little fruit growing here :(

By the end of the day the moss forest has changed, now only the tree trunks are covered with this green wonder, but not the undergrowth.

As we have approached Long Layu, the end of the trek, we have seen several forest camps where there were people lately. Long Layu, the nearest village, is only a day's walk from here :) We may arrive there tomorrow at 3 pm. This generates mixed feelings in both of us. We are looking forward to bathing in mandis instead of the creek, not to mention sleeping in real beds. On the other hand we regret leaving the forest.

Exceptionally, it wasn't raining at night, and it wasn't cold.

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