Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Welcome to the jungle

Next thing up for us in Nam was the trip to Cat Tien National ParkThis place is know for it's amazing wildlife including long-tail and short-tailed gibbons, Asiatic Black Bear, which i got to see, There are also hundreds of bird species and especially the Vietnamese Javan Rhino.
I did not get to see the Rhino cause it is one of the most endangered species in the and the world.

Most mornings began before the sunrise and we would head out to the jungle to find animals and do hikes before the heat and humidity set in. It was one of the most amazing times of my life. Walking around the jungle and weaving and ducking through the vines and paths of the rain forest is something everyone should experience once in a life time. While there i could help but think about the young men who were fighting in the Vietnam/American War. Especially since my father was there. He was not on the ground fighting but in the air. If I stopped for a moment to tie my boots up or to take some pictures when i would look up the rest of the group was gone and out of sight. If it weren't for the path I would have been lost. It is such a think growth of trees and plants. Walking through could be difficult at times because of the large vines and fallen trees.

Everyday was something new for us. Either walking through the trees and vines, riding bikes to identify new species of birds or relaxing in the river. Christmas Eve we got to do all of those things. That may have been one of the best days because it was so hot and sitting in the river was perfect. Only thing missing was a cold beer.

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