The picture above, was taken through
the windshield of a borrowed Land Rover. You can see the grass
was just a few inches higher than the hood. Moments after this
picture was taken, we hit a tree stump, hidden by the grass.
We're in the same area, near Beyin,
on our journey to the Stilted Village.
After traveling as far as possible
by Land Rover, we got into dug-out canoes, led by guides. We traveled
through a swamp like area that was once home to crocodiles.
The waterway eventually opened up
into a lake. Here, you can see the object of our quest, the Stilted
Village. The village was built in the middle of a lake, as part
of its defense against other tribes.
The villagers were curios about
us. When we first reached the village, our guide told the villagers
that my friend Bill and I were paralyzed and needed help getting
out of our canoes. They rushed to our aid. At one point, I was
afraid they would swamp the canoes.
I bet these kids don't skateboard.