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Dave's 39th Birthday

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 July 2010 | Views [840] | Comments [9]

Dave had the best birthday ever.  He may not be able to top it.  (What the hell am I going to do for his 40th?  Suggestions most welcome!)

I have to be quick so here goes...

Dave had 5 birthday songs altogether - in English, Indonesian & Dutch!

We didn't bring our mobile phones with us, yet while i was squatting over the squat loo in our jungle lodge, the birthday boy came to the door to say that i had a mobile phone call.  I'm thinking what?  how?  It was Rilly from the other side of the river to tell me in Indonesian that due to all the rain last night, the river was too high & dangerous to cross on the oil drum/bamboo/thatching raft.  But maybe someone would come for us at 9:30am.  So I translated for the others & we all sat down for second birthday breakfast & Indo birthday coffee.

The river crossing later, was scary.  Waded waist deep to reach the raft (no sign of our walking plank any more).  Our elephant was named Augustine.  Big beautiful gentle girl with pink freckles on her ears.  We fed her pineapple & washed her in the river before climbing on her back.  My god i was so scared because of all the rain.  The ground was just slippery, slimey clay & i felt for sure our girl was gonna slip on the steep downhills.  I was in front & it was just like riding a roller coaster without the safety buffer.

Our fave bits:

when Augustine trumpeted while we were on her back.  we could feel the vibration through our legs.

when Augustine pushed down 2 trees that i guess were in her way.

when a boulder slid down the loose, clay bank from under her foot & she didnt even stumble (thank god).

i received a kiss from her !!

More stuff from D's bday:  we showered in a waterfall, a cobra was on the floor of our restaurant at dinner time, surviving the crossing of the swollen river twice (once by raft once by elephant), ate durian and ENJOYED it!

no more time......byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

The raft we used daily to reach our accommodation.

The raft we used daily to reach our accommodation.

Tags: augustine, birthday, dave, elephant, elephant trek, elephants, indonesia, sumatra, tangkahan, trek



Sounds like Dave had a great Birthday apart from the monkey and the tick. Teehee :)

  trudy Jul 24, 2010 1:48 PM


i got sung happy birthday whilst sitting on an elephant in the rain forest
surrounded by elephants by a group of mahouts and travellers
i got sung hb by 2 indos where we are staying complete with gitar and in english and indo

  dave Jul 24, 2010 3:51 PM


oh and i got sung h/bday whilst sitting in a waterfall
oh and in thee restrant with the cobra crossing the floor
and on the boat crossing the river
did i mention the elephants!!!!

  dave Jul 24, 2010 3:57 PM


Happy Birthday - what wild times, much more wacky than wewacky. Ride on adventurers!xchris lisa gus and lucien

  Chris Jul 25, 2010 8:26 PM


And I sang Happy Birthday to you too, you just didn't hear it!!! Happy birthday Dave. What a memorable one this one is. Can't wait to hear about your 40th plans!!!!

  Sonia Jul 26, 2010 9:05 AM


Happy Happy Birthday Dave!!!
Sounds like you had an unforgettable day.. hope you will have an awesome year too!
c and i will sing you a spanish version when we come over .. so I hope you don't know any spanish!
sorry I haven't been commenting.. we are temporarily internet-less. but can't wait to hear all about your travels when you guys get back!
happy joy day, and happy!
love e and c

  Eileen Jul 28, 2010 8:05 PM


mum - you're so cheeky!
chris - wickety whack!
sonia - thanks. i'm wracking my brain for the 40th!
eileen - we'll hold you to the spanish version ;) enjoy being internetless while it lasts!

  adventurers Aug 3, 2010 4:25 PM


spunky - best birthday EVER! what's that noise on the roof? HA!

  adventurers Aug 3, 2010 4:27 PM


What a great birthday!

  dotcom Sep 7, 2012 12:35 PM

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