This was our tour group for the Canopy Walkway and a hike up Bukit Teresik. most of these people had been on the Rainforest Night-Walk with us the night before as well. After this hike we felt quite close to some of them. It’s funny how you can learn a lot about a person within the first day or two of meeting them. The couple next to Justin and I were from Zimbabwe and their accents reminded me of my father and grandfather. It made me a little homesick when they spoke.
The guy dressed in the middle was nicknamed “MJ”. He was Indian, and he was definitely the entertainer of the group. He was dressed in a tight black ‘Micheal-Jackson-inspired’ outfit for this day of outdoor adventure. Justin and I called him Bruno (Mars) from the minute we first saw him the night before. He caused quite a few laughs… sometimes we laughed with him, but mostly we all laughed at him. Priceless!
After the canopy walkway, we were scheduled to do hike a hike with our group.
From behind the canopy walkway, a trail leads to the summit of Bukit Teresik (344 meter elevation).
Our guide was fantastic!!
We learnt a lot about how scientists estimate that the forest is 130 million years old.
He explained the difference between certain rocks, and ages of some tree roots.
This picture makes me think of any son’s Justin and I may have…
I hope that they are just like Justin!!!
I am usually at the back of any group we are hiking with. I get side-tracked with my picture-taking, and I don’t want to hold everyone up, so I let them all go by. I do, however, rush ahead of the group sometimes so that I can get pictures from a different view. In the above picture you can see how steep the path was getting. We had to hold onto a rope, and any available tree routes, in order to get up the trail.
Kuala Tahan is a Malaysian village located where the Tahan and Tembeling River converge.
The rainforest is moist and muddy.
In many areas it is a little dark because of the mass of overhead leaves and branches.
I tried to keep up with our guide but he hikes this trail everyday, so he had no problem flying up the steep hill. As you can see, he is barely even leaning over, or using his hands to climb! We were all crawling behind him, and panting as we moved!
Fortunately, stairs have been built on parts of the trail.
These leaves were an incredible combination of green and blue.
WARNING!! A guide is needed from this point on!
I love this picture.
As you can see, we are far behind the rest.
When we reached this point, we thought that we had reached the summit. Our guide laughed at us 🙂
We stopped for water, a quick rest, and some pictures.
There was a nice view from here.
I wonder how old this tree is.
Just below the compacted leaves and dirt was a layer of yellow clay-like substance. It was slippery, and I imagine that when rains come, it must be hard to move through the forest very quickly.
Lots of spider webs along the way.
And finally… we reached the summit of Bukit Teresik:
The view of the rainforest was gorgeous!!
344 meters high.
I should have stood in this tree root to demonstrate how large it was!
I painted Justin’s face with some clay that we mixed with water.
We sat at the summit for a few minutes, taking in the beautiful view.
All of us were drenched in sweat!!
War Paint!! 🙂
The journey down was much easier, but the clay was slippery.
Catherine… Always at the back of the group!
Sometimes we hang so far at the back that we completely lose our group.
LIKE THIS…. hahaha!
So, we take our time and enjoy the peace and quiet of feeling like we are alone in this magnificent 130 million year old rainforest. Magical!!
We had to run a bit to catch up with everyone. We found our guide sitting on the stairs waiting for us. Oops!! What a sweet guy, we really liked him.
We had to get back onto the tail boat to head to our next stop.
The water was calm, but the tour guide warned us all that we should put our cameras away if they were not waterproof. Hhhmm..
Next thing we knew, we were heading into crazy rapids.
The water was splashing over the sides of the boat. it was quite refreshing after the sweaty hike. MJ was screaming like a girl, and this just encouraged the guide to hit more ferocious rapids.
Above you can see MJ jumping out his seat with joy when the water splashed on someone other than him. He had placed his camera in a ziplock bag so that he could still take pictures of all the excitement.
What a funny guy!!
We were all soaked! It was really fun, almost like a theme park ride, except this was REAL and at times we honestly thought that the boat might tip over!!!
Lunch time at Mama Chop.
Later that evening we had time to connect with our guide a little bit.
We enjoyed his sense of humor, and thorough knowledge of the rainforest!