When we arrived at our lodge in Danum Valley I was not feeling that great. The ride up was in a truck on a dirt road. Our driver, a young and friendly man, apparently wants to be a race car driver. To be honest, I was probably three shades of green. As the host welcomed us, she mentioned something about our guide not being present for the meeting since he was up all night, tracking something. At the time, I didn’t care all that much. I was doing my best to smile and nod, acting like I was listening, when in fact I was fighting the urge to dash to the toilet.
An hour later I felt much better, just in time to greet our friends who were joining us for the rest of the trip. Thank goodness I recovered quickly from the truck ride because I would have missed what we found on the afternoon walk. Our itinerary said we would be doing a canopy walk. However, I soon learned that our guide was somewhat distracted. In fact all of the guides were distracted. And all of them were talking to each other on radios, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying. It was odd, but hey, when in Danum Valley.
As it turned out, all of the guides had been up the night before because several Borneo Elephants, also called Pygmy Elephants, had made an appearance, and they had not been seen in many years. Many, many years. There was a buzz among the guides and guests. I soon learned that several guides who didn’t have any groups with them at the time were out tracking the elephants and right when we headed for our walk, the elephants turned towards the road leading to our lodge.
Recently I shared a photo of a group of people waiting to see the elephants. If you missed it, here it is again.
I get distracted easily and I started to take photos of nothing in particular.
Oh wait, I see something
Come on out
Uh, oh. At this point one of the guides is whispering authoritatively that all of us needed to skedaddle and fast
Wait, don’t leave yet
Time for us to go
The guides didn’t want us to disrupt their movements so it was time for us to leave them alone and to have a celebratory drink.