Stuck in the middle with you
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
23Trip End Apr 12, 2011
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The morning light revealed this tourist lodge to be on a little island within the flood waters as far as you could see, but broken with patches of trees and and bushes. There are various blocks of multi share or private rooms. There is the restaurant area, with games room and a nice little pool outside. There are several rotundas with 6 hammocks hanging in each. It seems like a very laid back place. After breakfast, we mustered up some good humour after yesterday´s adventure and jumped into a little motor boat. Our guide took us through the camping area, which is under a metre of water. Then we entered into what is actually the river path, but you would hardly know it. We followed the river 20 minutes or so up to a bridge where we all got out and tried some fishing...... for pirahnas!!! We had bamboo rods with line and a chunk of meat on the hook. There were nibbles but we didn´t catch anything. But we saw heaps of wildlife, a deer stuck on an island, caimen which is like our fresh water crocodiles, pigs, sheep, an armadillo and heaps of birds
When I climbed into bed at night, I found the sheets and pillow to be damp from the amount of moisture in the air. And did I mention the mozzies? So many, yet the locals say normally there would be big swarms and this was nothing much. Poor Alisha and Alan are covered in angry looking bites, having had a bad reaction. Luckily I am pretty free of bites because I have been taking my Vitamin B Complex (Thanks Jess for putting me onto that one!) The little buggers don't find me attractive! Awesome! So I think I am enjoying being here more than all the others because of that
We couldn´t wait to get out of this water trap, yet we were full of trepidation about how they were going to get us out, with our adventurous arrival still in the front of our minds, And we had a train to catch. So we were supposed to leave at 7am, but another group got in the boat before us so we spent another two hours lounging around in hammocks, wondering where the hell the boat was to get us out of there. Then we got the word that we had to get into a smaller speed boat and put our packs in one of the little motor boats, along with a few people. We took off at last but the trip was slow going with the propellor getting tangled and the other boat running out of fuel. They refuelled from an almost empty jerry can and then we finally got to the road. This time they bypassed the part of the road that had washed out, thank heavens for that! Then all 12 of us including the driver with all of our packs piled into the 4wd that had broken down on the way in. We were squished in, Alisha and I both on the front passenger seat. We couldn´t believe it when we came across the other group in the old truck being towed by the tractor, well actually, they were at a standstill. We felt sorry for them having spent all that extra time out in the hot sun. Everyone had to get out and walk across that unsafe bridge that was underwater. This bridge appeared on the front page of the newpaper a few days ago but it was still dry then