Three hours later, we begin our adventure, floating down a river, friendly bathing trees pointing us in the direction of the jungle, partially swallowed by the bloated waterway yet again this wet season.
Take a quick look at the height of our the river
Twenty minutes later we exit off the boat and begin exploring the wilderness. Being in a national park means an intact rain forest with almost unbroken vegetation, but sadly, here, most of the mammals have been hunted nearly out of existence, and those that remain, are incredibly shy.
Can you blame them?
|Me crossing a fast flowing stream any way possible|
To some it might seem an area in complete disarray, a messy, muddy, unpredictable mass of vegetation, to me, I see perfect harmony, billions of years of almost unspoiled evolution.
|Awesome shot of poisonous caterpillar if I may be so bold|
|waterfall in rainy season|
|A view of the trees and jungle below|
It makes me too sad to elaborate further.
The jungle however, is not without it's dangers. From deadly centipedes, to king cobras, to green vipers, one of which I nearly step on, getting lucky I wasn't a few feet faster. (see a shot of it in the video below)
A tour through some of the sights of the Laotian jungle
We have lunch by the waterfall, enjoying the rushing water, the tranquil and steady sounds of the forest. I feel blessed to be able to see one of the few truly wild places left on earth, with humanity ever encroaching on Mother Nature, making her take what might soon be her last stand.
Consumerism, rapid population growth, man's avarice, and egoic need to dominate, will, unchecked, lead to the demise of the human race. I see human beings as fleas, sucking our host dry, greedily extracting all they can, without realizing the possibility of living in a sustainable and harmonious manner.
The greatest rap in Laotian history. Grammy? You be the judge.