February 2004 (created 13-Jan-06 by Ken)
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And so it begins. Charlie learning that she can communicate with family and friends over the phone. Right now her conversations rarely run longer than a minute or so.. but one day that will change.
When a pony isn't available daddy will suffice, although I am much more of a rough ride. Here she is just barely holding on as the bucking bronco tries again to throw her off.
I don't recall exactly how we managed to take off more time and run off to Bali for a few days, but I will say that it was a wonderful trip and we look forward to the next time we can spend time there. Many of the hillsides have been terraced to allow for rice production even on steep slopes.
Bali was also the first time we were able to actually approach an elephant so closely. It is a very memorable experience to ride on the back of these gentle giants.
Near to where we were staying was a Monkey Reserve, a very nice walk. The monkeys were very habituated as they are protected due to the immense respect the locals have for them. They are frequently fed by visitors, which is encouraged, but leads to them taking things out of your hands if you are not careful.
At our guest house there were beautiful pools and gardens. Here Charlie and I are cooling off at the end of the day.
Bali had a lot of beautiful sights but one thing Erica and I both agreed on was amazing architecture and wood carving. If we get the opportunity we would love to fill a cargo container with a house load of dream furniture.
At lunch, I forget exactly where, we found someone playing music. He was very kind and let Charlie sit and play as well.
Up in the northern part of Bali we found a botanical gardens which provided an opportunity to get out and stretch our legs. It was beautiful and very peaceful.