Monday, January 31, 2011

Adventures in Bali

We were able to get away to Bali last week and meet up with some friends there.

We had an interesting trip to the airport. It was the first time I drove there, and the roads are not well marked. I asked a police man which way to go and he gave us bad directions. My gut was correct...maybe that's why men don't ask for directions. Anyway, we ended up on a very bad dirt road for a short distance (the picture doesn't do it justice). I was just thankful that we ended up back on the right road without losing much time.

Elijah was VERY excited at the airport. He was watching the airplanes, fuel tankers, refueling trucks, service trucks, emergency vehicles, buses, golf carts, tractors, luggage vehicles, etc. Where else would a three year old boy want to be? Everywhere we went on our vacation, Elijah always wanted to know where our car was. He thought he saw it in Bali a number of times!

I included this picture because it shows there were some similarities to the good ole beach back in NC as well as some new experiences. We found a hermit crab (old experience) but upon being caught, the crab thought it would be better off evacuating from its shell (new experience). We also chased around something very similar to ghost crabs on the beach (old experience) and were chased out of the water by a sea krait one day (new experience. Click the link if you don't know what this is).

One of our outings was for the three older kids to go to Bali Fun World one afternoon. (Elijah was napping). This was an indoor playground of all kinds of inflatable attractions (unfortunately without air conditioning!). Here, we tried to get as far as we could before the bungy cord yanked us backward.

We all took a turn on the bull. (A short video clip of David getting thrown off the bull is available upon request - for a nominal fee.)

The big slide was a highlight for all the kids.

Bouncing on a trampoline is more fun when you're practically weightless.

We didn't take a lot of pictures of the surroundings. I imagine that the scenery would have been better in dry season. The nearby mountains would have been pretty, but we only saw their outline one day. The vegetation was really nice. There were countless statues (idols) everywhere. Here is just one example.

Here's the rest of the wild life we encountered on our trip to Bali.

Micaiah is terrified of spiders. This was an unusually large one:

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