September 9th, 2007 – by: sissanoel
Paradise tree snake at Gulung Gading National Park.
Big day for Noel today, he got to see the flowering Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world! We caught the regional bus to Lundu Town and then got in a local car for the 5 minute drive to the park entrance. While we were sorting out our things to get going, we looked around under the park sign to see a little snake watching us - quite pretty, but generally red in nature indicates danger, so we didn't get too close! We only had to walk about 5 minutes to see the flower itself, which was protected under a metal cage. It will only flower until Tuesday, so we were quite lucky to see it. We then continued up the Waterfall Track - this turned out to be much harder than we thought, once again with straggly roots and slippery rocks making the going quite hard.
Giant millipede at Gulung Gading National Park - this one was about 15cm long and we were later told that it gives a very nasty bite.
We intended to go up to Waterfall No 7 but it just got too hard, so we followed the Dam Track down to the bottom. It started to rain on the way, quite heavily, so glad we took a different route back because the original one would have become quite treacherous. In the end, we didn't mind not getting up to No 7 because an Italian couple who did make it said there were loads of people up there so not very peaceful! WE had lunch in a local cafe while waiting for the bus and were glad we were under cover, as it started to rain like never before, almost monsoonal. The food was delicious, and two meals plus two big coffees and a can of beer cost RM14, about A$5.50, so extremely good value! We headed home on the 2pm bus, which take about 1 1/2 hours and had an early night - all this exercise can't be good for us at our advanced ages!! (although nicely toned legs will be a plus!)