Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This little fellow was very brave and a bit of a mischief maker. He was the first monkey to interact with us to any extent. In fact he came up to a teenage girl who was afraid of him and managed to get her water bottle.
I kept talking to the monkey, trying to convince him that it would be ok to climb right up, but he would have none of that. He did eye my water bottle longingly but I was not so nice to share with him.
This tree was very interesting. The trunk twisted and wound around itself many times. It was such a beautiful and interesting tree that the walkway was built around it in stead of chopping down the tree.
We followed the winding path through thick under brush but the trail was very clear. We saw and heard monkeys in the trees and occasionally some of them were brave enough to come close but our little friend from the water bottle incident kept following us as we negotiated the trails and paths. We came to a swinging bridge. It made me think of Indiana Jones movies. I could so imagine being right there as Harrison Ford had his great swinging bridge adventures.
Sister Davies was the first in our group to become a monkey taxi. The monkey climbed up and settled in for a ride.
The monkey really liked this position best and continued to ride for quite a while before finally exiting his taxi only to come back again a short time later. He must have got off and on 4 or 5 times.
Our monkey friend couldn't decide which taxi he preferred and almost went onto Elder Davis but as they started to walk Sister Davies won out by a land slide.
After walking for better than half an hour the monkey finally decided to change taxi drivers.
He decided to climb right up and the fun began.
He just grab some hair and hung on for dear life
I was a bit worried about my glasses. I did not want to have a war with a monkey to get them back. I am sure he would have taken them and run if he had really wanted them. There was a larger dark monkey named Sally that is known to be the glasses thief. Luckily for us she was too busy to bother with us when we came by her.
This is what you call up close and very personal. He was actually grooming me. Hunting for lice I am sure. (He did not find any) I was a bit surprised at how much the monkey weighed.
I taxied the monkey for several minutes. I hope he enjoyed the view.
He finally got down and off he went, but never going too far away. He never did climb on any of the men in our group. I guess he just likes girls. The Davies had more pictures but we did not get them from them so you will just have to take my word for the fact that we saw lots of other monkeys and some picturesque scenery. I loved the way the trails meander all through the undergrowth. You could go on a dozen different trails and have a new adventure every time you come. We really loved our monkey adventure.