S: Maratua, Boeneo Indonesia Oct 2011
FC: Maratua, Boeneo Indonesia October 2011
1: 45 hr Journey to Maratua Indonesia
2: On our way to the island we passed hundreds of these little fishing huts.
3: Itinerary Redmont to Seattle Seattle to Las Angles Seattle to Japan Japan to Singapore Singapore to Balikpapan Balikapapn to Berau Then we got put on a bus and went to the dock 3 hrs by Boat to Maratua Island We arrived at dusk. Greeted by the crew and given Coconut water.
4: Life | is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
5: October 8, 2011 Our first day waking up on Maratua as usually,, I got up early. As I strolled along the beach, I watched the sun rise over the rain forest , and felt the warm water splash on my feet. Until this point I had no idea if the water was warm or cold.. The water was crystal clear. After walking for about 20 minutes, I stopped by a worn out beach log that had washed up on the shore. As I was standing there enjoying watching the ocean, I saw a turtle peaking out of the water at me. I felt he was inviting me to coming in for a swim. I wandered in and it was very refreshing., Now I understood why the journey to get here is is long . If it was easy, then it would be full of hotels and tons of folks every ever which would take away from the beauty. As I was swimming I notice the turtle hanging around me, I am sure he was wondering what I was doing up so early. Most folks on the island were still asleep, so the wild life had everything to themselves. After spending some time with God, I felt alive again, and very grateful that I had the chance to come here.
7: And GOD said, " "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you. Gneiss's 9:12
10: Be still and know I am God | Each evening God gave us sunset. I think it was his way of saying I am still God and I love you. | Our first evening in Maratua
13: We do not remember days, we remember moments.
14: Our Water Villa
15: Sweet smell of salt air
16: Native Food Fresh from the Sea
17: ''Don't ask just eat it''
18: Be still and know that I am God
19: Softly the evening came and behold the sunset . . .
20: The Fun Dive Boat | Dive Master ASNAR
22: KAKABAN ISLAND | Jellyfish Lake
23: I loved this dive. We seen hundreds of Giant Turtles. Green and Hawksbill Turtles.. One turtle we seen was over six feet wide. | Turtle Parade
24: Sangalaki ISLAND | We swam with the Mantas. They glided right up to us coming within inches before making a sharp nose-dive into the blue.
25: They are so graceful. The average was 12' wide with white bellies. We seen a couple black giants they had close to 20 ' wingspans. | Rays emerged from all directions. Their wings tips breaking the surface at regularly interval. genital plankton feeders flying like birds.
26: The Channel | The dive went through a channel in the reef. The water flows into the Maratua lagoon...very fast......did I say very fast.
27: "To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence...
29: On Earth
32: While everyone enjoyed the Air Conditioned rooms we froze. Temped showers truly mean ice cold and we are dog tired. | East Kalimantan Indonesia
33: Samboja Lodge is about 38 km from Balikpapan, The area is Samboja Lestari is connected to a little village, called Samboja.
35: Bukit Bangkirai | We decided to go on a canopy tour. Well after a hot 12 mile ride in crowded van. note along the way we had a 1 hr stop because a truck blocking the road, and Walt got a ticket because he did not have a seatbelt. Note helmets are not required. Go figure. | Bangkirai Tree 150 years old 50 meters wide and 2.3 meters diameter.
36: Bukit Bangkirai | Meaning A place of Beauty and challenges.
37: Kinabatangan River Sanctuary Tour | Proboscis Monkey We wanted to just go back to the room but everyone else wanted to see the monkeys. It was almost to dark to see anything.
38: Singapore | A beautiful city America should be ashamed.
39: My sweetheart bought our Nikon D7000. Everyone said don't claim it at customs. We did and God honored our honesty. We should have had to pay takes because of the price but we did not. | Best Chinese Food I ever had
40: Singapore Flyer largest in the world standing at 541 ft.
41: China Town | We will come back someday to explore
42: Journey Home