This trip has been totally out of this world amazing. Presently we are at the beach town of Samara, where the temperature is 39 and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Yes, it’s hot!
But it was the rain forest that was a new experience for me. I loved the lushness, the greenness and even the down pours that happened very regularly. We have down pours in Winnipeg but not like this. The rain came down fast but the drops themselves were tiny. And you could always count of the fact that the rain would stop in 10 minutes. It was around 33 degrees while we were there, so the rain felt refreshing as well.
We stayed at a place right in the rain forest called Green Lagoon Lodge. The road to get there was more like off roading in a car than driving on a road. I’ve never experienced roads like that, even in Mexico!
This was the view from our lodge. I haven’t done any photoshopping to this image. I can’t believe all the shades of green!
The places we saw while there, were the best photography opportunities I have ever had. One was the waterfall. WOW! We walked down 480 steps to get to it. Steep steps made of stone. We thought that was bad, but in comparison to the Green Lagoon hike, it was a walk in the park. I took a ton of pictures there, but here are a couple. The first is the waterfall up close and the second is the same waterfall from far away.
The hardest physical challenge I have ever in my life undertaken was the climb to the Green Lagoon. Shannon and I had no idea that it would be so difficult. It starts out easy enough with a climb on a grassy trail. We were warned ahead of time that there were poisonous snakes up there but we never saw any, although we did see a lot of snake holes. Anyways, after the grassy trails, things got more challenging because next were mud moguls. And the mud was wet as it rains all the time. The mud moguls were also very steep. But worse was to come. The moguls were still in the grassy area and the rain forest came next. The trail in the rain forest was made of stone steps, roots and logs to step on. Add wet mud to all of that and then also add the steepness of it. Top that off with how endless it was. OMG: I would never do it again, but the photos I got were amazing. Every once in a while, the rain would stop and a bit of sunlight would appear through the trees. It was magical! You could feel the aliveness of the forest. It was so lush and green and wet! We climbed and climbed and then climbed some more, constantly thinking that the Green Lagoon must be around the next bend. It wasn’t. Climbers were coming down and telling us that there was no view at the top as it was so cloudy (we were in the clouds at this point), and that in fact, the Green Lagoon was another 200 very steep steps down once you got to the top and since the clouds were so thick, you couldn’t see 3 feet in front of you; never mind seeing the greenness of the lagoon. We plodded on. At one point we saw a sign that said the lagoon was 1 km ahead; a cruel joke I think. Finally, we decided this was pointless and turned back. We were probably 5 steps from the top, but it didn’t matter. It was raining really hard and the mud was getting more and more wet and slippery. The way down was much easier. I did take one fall on the mud moguls but wasn’t hurt as it was more of a slide than a fall and the soft mud protected me. The bad fall would come later.
Here are a couple of the rain forest.
Yes, the FALL! Once we were done the mud moguls we sat down on some benches. After I stood up again, I realized that my legs were wobbly. I took some time to get my legs back and finish the rest of the hike. We made it down in one piece. Our sneakers were covered in mud. My clothes were covered in mud from my mud slide. Best thing to do; have a shower. WRONG! Never go into the shower with wobbly legs. A lesson that I learned the hard way. When I came out of the shower I fell on the wet floor and bumped into the sink. I banged my arm and my ribs into the sink. Hard. I banged them very hard. The good news is that I didn’t bleed or break anything. The bad news is that I have a bruise that is like something out of horror movie. It goes from my elbow almost to my shoulder and is a deep blue colour. It hurts but my ribs hurt more. Apparently, this bruise will spread down my whole arm. Lovely! I’ve been taking pictures of it and sending them to my doctor friend, so no worries. I do have medical advice. Ice and Tylenol. BTW: Never believe a pharmacist in a a foreign country. I asked one about it and he said to take Celebrix; which would increase bleeding! Bad idea. Even I knew that!
So I’m laying here typing with an ice pack on my arm and ribs trying to get comfortable. I didn’t write about the most amazing spa/hot springs ever. Maybe later. Tomorrow will be looking for some monkeys and other fun things to photograph!