Monday, September 24, 2007
Jess doing her deep dive as part of her advanced certification. The instuctor is demonstrating the effects of nitrogen narcosis on problem solving, etc. Also, there's a huge sea-slug.
Video of a wreck-dive. I apologize for the sideways angle - couldn't figure out how to fix that...
Night-dive video. This doesn't really do the experience justice, but the video is interesting.
This one made me a little dizzy to watch...
Two moray eels hanging out.
Jess nearly getting trampled by elephants. You can see her (in the greenish shirt) way down by the water trying to feed the elephants bananas.
The elephants still don't want her bananas.
Jess's first tuk-tuk ride.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Blue Fields Tea Factory on the road to Nuwara Eliya.
The withering bins at the tea factory - the start of the tea production process.
The waterfalls at Horton's Plains. At world's end. Some school children we met on the way. I think they thought Jess was a movie star.
The view from World's End. On a clear day, you can reportedly see straight out to the Indian Ocean. This was not a clear day. At the waterfalls at Horton's Plains. On the road to Nuwara Eliya. Pine trees on the road...
Poisonous snake on the trail.
Jess and me with a baby elephant. Cuter than crack.
Helping to bathe the elephants.
Enjoying some lion lagers while waiting for the Elephants to go swimming.
On the road to the orphanage we encountered some pet porcupines for an (admittedly touristy) photo op. Jess approaches with caution.
A mine-injured elephant (missing front right foot) at the orphanage. Without the orphanage, he most certainly would have died in the wild.
Elephants playing hopscotch.
Gigantic Buddhist Stupa.
Either a parasitic plant or one that climbs another to get to the sun.
Buddha statues carved out of solid granite rock - amazing.
One of the worlds heaviest "books" I'm sure. The writing is on top.
Inside a lotus-pool.
Jess with the saddest puppy in the world.
Jess with a random temple cat.
Jess and our trust driver Waruna outside a huge Stupa.
On the way up we spent the night at the Pollonaruwa rest stop - one of several government-run rest stops. This one actually hosted Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s - we stayed in the same room!
The lake at Pollonaruwa. This was actually built by an ancient king (technically it's 3 smaller man-made lakes that have joined together). It's so large that it's referred to as a "sea."
More relaxing at the Pollonaruwa rest stop.
View from the Queens room in the morning.