Our walk in the jungle was a highlight of our weekend at the Rambala Jungle Lodge. I had never seen anything like this! The photos cannot possibly do the experience justice but hopefully they will give some idea of what it was like there.
Eric took Joel, Brenda, and I into the jungle, on little narrow muddy paths on the steep sides of hills though dense vegetation, past huge trees, over rocks, under vines, and along the river as we went to check out his plans to generate some electric power from the river. Even with my work boots and walking stick, it was tough going and I was very thankful for all the walking and biking that has made my legs stronger.
Even more incredible – they have built everything on the property from lumber cut from fallen trees. They have not cut any live trees, only used dead ones found in the jungle. The workers find the tree, mark it, and cut it on site into 2×4’s, 4×4’s, and other needed lumber usually 8 feet long, but sometimes 12 feet long. Then, they carry this lumber out of the jungle and to the cleared area where the building is going on. It was all I could do to get myself down the paths. I cannot imagine doing that while carrying heavy pieces of lumber!
This also made me think of all the people, all the indigenous Indians who live in the jungle, for whom that is their world. They survive on what they can hunt and gather there, and there isn’t even any access between them and the rest of the world much of the time.
I’m so glad I went into the jungle, and I want to go back and see more!