It’s now March! And I am still trying to think positive thoughts……..happy bunny thoughts. Trying to go to my happy place. Now regular readers will remember that a few posts ago (Making History and the Stylish Blogger), I revealed that one of my favorite things to do is to swim in a jungle stream. Then in the last post, I featured Jane Monheit singing “The Waters of March“. So in this small rodent mind, it seemed obvious that this first post in March had to be about the waters of a jungle stream., no?
In Sarawak, there is a series of limestone massifs that are protected as the Gunung Mulu National Park. It is located near the town of Miri and near the border with the Kingdom of Brunei. It can be reached by a short air flight from Miri. The alternative is a day long boat ride or a three day walk. The area is full of interesting biodiversity but most visitors come to see the cave system which challenges for the title of the largest cave (Clearwater Cave), the largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the largest underground chamber (Sarawak Chamber). I will post about the caves at some later point. Incidentally, this is a good place to see the speedy Pygmy Squirrel and bats. Lots of bats. Lots and lots of bats. Lots and lots and lots of bats.
However, Clearwater Cave is so named because it is a source of a large volume of clean clear water which flows out of the cave to form the short Clearwater River which then flows into the Melinau River. With the entrance to the cave located 30 m up a hillslope, the start of the Clearwater River is a beautiful swimming hole which is set against a majestic limestone backdrop and surrounded by luxuriant green vegetation. The Park has provided facilities like a viewing platform, jetties, toilet and changing rooms but this has been well done as to blend with the surroundings and do little to distract you from feeling that you are swimming in the middle of nowhere in the midst of one of the oldest forests in the world. Puts me in the “me Tarzan” mood.
Although I felt fortunate to visit this magical place (it does feel magical, such that stories of fairies may not seem out of place), I was actually there on work assignment and had to present a professional composure as I carried out my duties which included asking mundane questions that included questions about the “bleeding obvious”, when all I wanted was to strip off , jump in and splash around. Alas, I could only feast on that wondrous sight and imagine in my mind, the feeling of the cool water on my skin. Sigh. I will be back to enjoy your delights.
Anyway, feast your senses on the Clearwater River…….