Day: June 23, 2015
This morning us 5 girls went for our morning walk and explored an area we hadn’t been to yet. It involved hiking up some pretty steep hills and down a jungle path.
One of the fascinating things about living in a rain forest, is the amount of life that surrounds us. Everywhere you look, there are parrots, toucans, sloths, butterflies, lizards, snakes, rats, iguanas, and insects in all shapes ans sizes and today…frogs.
We came across a path that we weren’t sure the destination of, and set out to explore. I was leading the creatures so that if a big black panther came rushing through to attack us, I could ‘keep it busy’ while they ran. Actually what would most likely happen is that we would scare the poor creature to death.
Almost immediately after entering the thick foliage, I saw a little red flicker across my path, and started yelling, ‘red frog, there’s a red frog, red frog.’ (For those that don’t know me, you have to know that frogs and especially toads are not my favorite thing)
I didn’t feel any fear because I love photography so much and I kept the camera between me and the frog. (Maybe you should try that Mom!)
After that we started seeing them everywhere. They are so beautiful and stand out so distinctly against the green foliage with their little red bodies. Some had more spots than others, some had white feet and some had black. We saw a couple babies too and they were so tiny.
We found a place where zip lining is done and all climbed a shaky ‘staircase’ that made me think of ‘stairway to heaven’ because it kept going on and on up into the jungle canopy.
The platform we arrived at was about 50 or 60 feet off the ground. I was so proud of Ashley because she was nervous and really wanted to climb it and was able to work though her fears and did beautifully.
We heard intense thunder for about 2 hours and finally thought we’d probably best start heading back to Tanda Malaika.
We passed an area where the view was so beautiful, and we could see how high we’d climbed.
Wow!!! What a beautiful world!