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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Poring Hot Spring

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Poring Canopy Walkway
Poring Canopy Walkway

Do I really have to do this???" That was of course the question that popped in to my mind when seeing the Canopy Walkway. I am not such a hero where heights are concerned. And walking in the treetops sounds great, but actually doing it is a totally different story! But I am also very stubborn, so even if I feel scared, I try to do it anyway. Hahaha, I did some crazy things over time, and I wonder how I was ever able to do them. But I did! And I guess I'll cross this bridge as well. Even if I am feeling shaky in my legs at the moment, just by looking at it :-))

Why am I doing this??

Poring Canopy Walkway
Poring Canopy Walkway

A nervous smile, my first steps on the walkway.... eeks, the hanging bridge is moving, rocking from side to side when you walk on it. I am keeping my hands tight around the ropes on either side.... and I start to ask the most important question....

Ooohhh.... Why am I doing this!???

Åke starts to laugh. He knows me too well! And he knows that this is my favourite saying when we travel. And it always is appropriate! Hahaha, just imagine walking on a hanging bridge like this, do an exhausting climb or hike, or maybe something foolish so that you get soaking wet. The question to ask at those occasions is: "Why am I doing this???" And I do know the answer: because I love it! It is wonderful to discover new places, try out new things, just push yourself a little bit further than usual, to broaden your horizons. Just dare to do new things and enjoy it, even if it may look foolish at the time.

But it never hurts to ask this most important question, laugh about it and realize the answer.... "Why am I doing this??"..... because I love it!!!

Walking in the top of the trees

Walking in the top of the trees
Walking in the top of the trees

It is an amazing idea to be walking in the top of the trees. This picture is taken from the Canopy Walkway. The Canopy Walkway is not just one straight hanging bridge, but it is split up in three parts, zigzagging through the treetops. A few huge trees functions as support for the hanging bridge and have a little 'platform' attached to them. The perfect spot to take a deep breath before continuing to walk on the next part of the hanging bridge.

In the middle of the picture (you see it better if you enlarge the photo), you can see a bit of the walkway. The whole construction is 157,6 metres long and the highest point of the Canopy Walkway is about 41 metres. You don't need to worry that it is going to be too crowded on the hanging bridge, as only 6 people are allowed on the bridge at the same time.

View from the Canopy Walkway

View from the Canopy Walkway
View from the Canopy Walkway

Halfway the walkway you all off a sudden come to an open area, where you have a beautiful view over the surrounding area. It is wonderful to be so high up in the trees and look around.

Looking the other way I was in the middle of the treetops. It was fascinating. Many trees, liana and plants living in the treetops, like the 'birds nest fern' and many others.

There was only one disappointing thing. I was hoping to see some birdlife up here in the treetops, but I didn't see or hear anything at all. I guess it is too busy with all the people coming here, that they keep away from this area. I did see some beautiful butterflies fly around, which was wonderful. And everything was dominated by the sound of the 'guitar' cicada.

I made it! :-))

I made it! :-))
I made it! :-))

See that relaxed smile on my face? Hahaha, that's because I made it!!! :-))

It wasn't half as bad as I feared, I have to admit I even enjoyed it! Especially the last bit. The hanging bridge was more stabile here than in the beginning. The first part of the bridge moved much more when you walked on it, making it feel more scary. But at the end I relaxed, enjoyed looking around and even managed to look down ;-)

Would I do this again..... yep, I would!
Hahaha, and without a doubt I will feel nervous again, but it is worth it :-))

Piece of cake! :-))

Piece of cake! :-))
Piece of cake! :-))

You know by now that I was nervous on the Canopy Walkway, hahaha, but as you can see Åke was clearly not! Piece of cake!

We all were in a funny mood, and Åke got so enthusiastic that he started dancing the Cancan on the Canopy Walkway. Eeeeeks! LOL :-)) Not the dancing, hahaha, but that he dared to do it there. I have to admit that I was happy to see him with his two feet on solid ground again :-)

The 'Tarzan' Liana

The 'Tarzan' Liana
The 'Tarzan' Liana

Walking downstairs again we all just had fun and were relaxed. We looked at the forest and the plants and the many types of 'liana'. We found a very prickly one (see picture), which we called the 'Tarzan-Liana'. We all decided that this must be the liana where Tarzan got his call from 'auwwwauwauwwww'! Hahaha, I can just hear him scream that while swinging on this liana, LOL.

Oooopssss.....

Liana
Liana

Everything grows and grows and grows in this rainforest. The trees are huge, the huge liana clinging itself to the trees, branches hanging over the trail. So much to see but also so much to watch out for! You could already see in the previous tip that there are some very prickly lianas which you have to watch out for. But that's not all. Some plants can be REALLY dangerous! And I do know that out of own experience!

Everything grows and grows and grows in this rainforest. The trees are huge, the huge liana clinging itself to the trees, branches hanging over the trail. So much to see but also so much to watch out for! You could already see in the previous tip that there are some very prickly lianas which you have to watch out for. But that's not all. Some plants can be REALLY dangerous! And I do know that out of own experience!

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