On Saturday I had plans to go on another adventure out into the jungle. First stop was Nyaru Menteng, a rehabilitation center for orangutan. This is actually a private place not open to the public, but my awesome new friend Allen knows everyone here so I got to go in. Since it's a place for orangutan to get healthy and ready to be reintroduced into the wild, the animals are in cages, so I didn't take any pics of them. I'm not really looking to capture those types of images. And being that it's Ramadan, we couldn't take the boat up river to the island where the orangutan actually live in their natural habitat. Once the holiday is over, you guys will see some wild orangutan. I did get some pics of wild monkeys though. These two babies I spotted is quickly becoming one of my new favorite shots.
After seeing these little guys, we drove about an hour to another "city" called Kasongan. It's like a smaller Palangkaraya, the city I live in. It has more Dayak natives and some REALLY old houses. I took some pics of those you can see in the gallery. This city is also known as the Durian City. Durian is known as "the stinky fruit" because, well, it stinks. I've been told that it's actually sweet and pretty good. I have not verified that. Maybe one day, but not this day.
We drove around for a while checking out the river life there and meeting some locals doing their thing. Then we went to a place called Bukit Batu, "The Rock Hill", which is an area in the middle of nowhere where these giant rocks, that really just don't belong, are just there. Some of them on top of one another. I was told that the locals started digging looking for more to see if they could understand where they came from. None others were ever found. My guess is aliens. Anyway, it's considered a sacred place as this local hero, Cilik Riwut (pronounced tjilik ree-woot) , meditated their and became spiritually powerful. Here's a pic of me by the place he meditated, it's actually on the OTHER side of that, and with a giant statue of him
After this place, we drove back to Palangkaraya and I experienced my first taste of Javanese food. If you haven't tried it, I would highly suggest it. It's delicious.
And that concludes this little jungle adventure. Here's a gallery of some more pics I shot and of me in cool places. Check em out. Thanks for coming by. Check back soon.