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Trip: The Island of Sumatra

There are [39] stories from my trip: The Island of Sumatra


INDONESIA | Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | Views [467] | Comments [2]

In the morning, everyone made cairns out of the rocks on the river’s edge.  The Indonesian guys used large heavy rocks so a cairn over 6 feet tall only had 5 or 6 rocks.  We all drank Indonesian premixed cappuccinos to wake us up and ... Read more >

Tags: bats, butterfly, cairn, cairns, cave, headlamp, jungle, river, sonar, trekking


INDONESIA | Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [486]

Trekking uphill is tough but I always think going downhill is harder.  After slipping & sliding a bit & getting rather muddy somewhere deep in the jungle, we saw elephant footprints in the mud, partly filled with rainwater.  That’... Read more >

Tags: camp, elephant, fire, jungle, trekking


INDONESIA | Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [482]

I woke to find that my chubby legs & feet were back to normal.  Phew! In the restaurant, waiting for breakfast to be cooked, we saw a big, beautiful bee with green & black stripes & heard an insect that made an ambulance siren sound.... Read more >

Tags: jungle trek, orangutan, tangkahan, trek


INDONESIA | Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | Views [545]

This morning, a pile of half-chewed wood was on our bathroom floor.  When I closed the door, it was evident that the bottom corner of the door was missing.  Dave said he heard something chewing & munching in the night.  Maybe it was ... Read more >

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INDONESIA | Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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INDONESIA | Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | Views [318] | Comments [1]

The torch I sat on the bed head last night is now there for good as it is attached by an elaborate spider web. The spiders can keep it.  I don’t want it back now! Thank goodness there was a mosquito net between our heads & the arachnids ... Read more >

Gorgeous Gorge

INDONESIA | Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | Views [264]

We woke to monkey sounds & those musical cicadas again this morning.  From our balcony we watched Thomas Leaf Monkeys taking giant downwards leaps through trees.  It was hot, about 27 degrees, so we walked through the shallow river to our ... Read more >

Tags: gorge, tangkahan

Car Trouble

INDONESIA | Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [456]

We landed at Kuala Namu airport in Medan, Sumatra.  Kanu & Retno from the Jungle Lodge in Tangkahan were waiting for us with a handwritten sign: David . We had booked our first three nights in Indonesia & a driver to get there. ... Read more >

Tags: bridge, car, indiana jones, traffic

Malaysian Airlines

INDONESIA | Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [424]

Malaysian Airlines were great.  However we had been a bit nervous with the bad luck that had struck the carrier – the disappearance of flight MH370 & the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.  It was particularly personal for me as ... Read more >

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