Monday, January 17, 2011

Amazing creatures and dead bugs, what more could the boys ask for? .January 10, 2011

 So here we Madagascar, in the middle of the rainforrest. We are so fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity. I don't even have the words to describe it appropriately. A picture is worth a thousand words, but even a thousand words doesn't do it justice.

The place we stayed at, Vakuno Lodge, had a little play ground and a nice pool.  They also had some great bugs to play with (Seth on the right playing with a dead dragon fly he was the highlight of his trip!)

On Friday morning we went to Lemur Island. This is a small island that Vakuna Lodge owns. There are about 20 lemurs on this island who are very used to humans. We took a canoe over to the island (the creek that you go across is literally about 10 feet wide and about 1 foot deep). Once you get over there you have a guide who gives you bits of bananas and instantly you have lemurs jumping all over you! It was WONDERFUL! Seth really enjoyed it. Cole was a little more skittish. He didn't have much of a choice though as you can see, one decided to just jump on his head even though he had no food!

Later that morning we went for a 1 hr horseback ride as a family. Seth and I on one horse and Cole and Randy on another. I thought we were going to ride through the rainforest, but we just went down the gravel/dirt roads. It was still beautiful as it was still in the forest. We didn't see any animals as much as we just saw people living and surviving in what we would call completely poverty stricken places right in the middle of the rainforest.
On Sunday we went to lemur island again because the boys thought it was so cool to have lemurs jumping all over them! We then packed up the car and drove to the park entrance. We went on a 2 hour treck through the rainforest. I really wanted to see the Indri (lemurs as big as a 2 yr old and they sing...that was the eerie sound we heard while we were swimming). Eventually we got to the spot where they were and were able to see them up close (no these guys didn't jump on our heads) and also got to hear them sing....AMAZING! (picture of Indri on right)  I really don't understand how CREATIVE and “outside of the box” my God is. I stood there listening to this amazing sound coming out of this amazing was REALLY loud! You can hear them up to several kilometers away!

All in all we had a WONDERFUL vacation. Now, on to school tomorrow....?

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