Today was the first day I left the area surrounding the bungalow as 18 of us rode with locals on their scooters over 7 butt-numbing hours. We covered a lot of ground, and it was a nice way to see the varying levels of live and work lifestyles in each of the villages we passed through.
Taman Mumbul Sangeh
At the foot of Mount Batukaru is the largest rice terrace in Indonesia.
A water irrigation system that maintains these terraces and has been used since the 9th century.
Thunder start to crack and roll, a sound uncommon in Indonesia at this time, and not long after, gumball size raindrops started to come down. We sought cover for a moment to ensure everyone was ok with continuing to ride in the rain.
Feeling the tropical rain pelt through my linen clothing caused both a quick sting and yet was incredibly refreshing. Extending my arms to my sides as if I were flying while we cruised on the bikes, life was a solid 10.
A sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques, the nutmeg monkey forest was swarming with these creatures.
Women during their periods, or those who are mourning the love of a deceased loved one, are considered by the locals as being in an impure state, thus making access to the sacred site prohibited.
Please only proceed to scroll if you are pure.
Each of these forests with macaques monkeys has a monkey king, or ruler. The king of this group was twice the size of any other.
The macaques are notoriously mischievous and are pick pockets. If you have anything shiny, expect attention. And do not get aggressive with one, otherwise things escalate quickly. Someone from our group accidentally stepped on one's tail, made a noise, then the dozens surrounding us all started jumping and twitching, making sharp grunts.
The forest is made up of nutmeg trees, rumored to be 300 years old, and was initially planted as a secret. Once news spread, the name became Sangeh, which means "openly known." It's said that attempting to plant this tree elsewhere in the world is almost impossible.
I'll be going back very shortly. Expect more monkeys!
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