After spending an exhilarating week in Vietnam, we flew to Bali and spent a relaxing week on the pristine, sandy beaches of Nusa Dua. Without any kind of prepared schedule, plan, or itinerary, we succumbed to spontaneity and let the mood guide us. It was exactly what we needed before heading back to jobsite.
Ally and Kylee playing on the beach near the hotel.
This beach was like no other beach we’ve ever seen or experienced. Extreme low tides arrived while we were there, exposing hundreds of yards of ocean floor. Beginning in the late afternoon, and continuing all through the evening, the ankle deep water provided a route to a nearby reef where the girls explored life in the sea.
Sunsets are a rarity at jobsite, so we eagerly embraced the vibrant rays before they got lost in the horizon.
The girls went jet skiing, rode a banana boat, and, for the first time, rode a Flying Fish.
Flying high above the Indian Ocean.
Our favorite activity in Bali was visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. The sanctuary is 27 acres of densely forested land that’s marked with gorgeous Balinese Hindu temples.
The sanctuary’s architecture is stunning and, often, fierce looking.
The sanctuary is home to mischievous troops of long-tail macaques monkeys. Tourists are warned to keep their personal affects in vehicles because the monkeys are adept at thievery and hooliganism.
When they aren’t stealing sunglasses, cameras, or water bottles, the monkeys are simply adorable.
A family taking some time out of play to take care of daily necessities – feeding and grooming.
Ally wanted to take this little guy home with her, but he jumped off and pounced on his friend (the monkey on the left) before she could talk me into it.
Chris didn’t mind having a monkey on his shoulder. He just wasn’t too fond of having sticky fruit juice and monkey saliva squirt down his sleeve.
The monkeys LOVED Kylee! They ate from her hands, jumped on her, followed her around, and ignited lots of attention from the other tourists.
Chris and Kylee enjoying a stroll on an elephant.
Ally and me on another elephant (we rode in front of Chris and Kylee). I was ready to get off the elephant as soon as I got on it. The fifteen-minute elephant ride was the longest fifteen-minutes of my life.
The girls enjoyed feeding the elephants; especially, after taking a dare from Chris to hold the bananas in their mouths. I admit that, at the moment, I hadn’t thought about the germs and diseases that elephants carry. Just another one of those “bad mom” moments. For some reason, this elephant reminds me of Mr. Snuffleupagus.
Ally’s expression after being “kissed” by the elephant is classic.
There are too many experiences and pictures to share in this blog (luckily, the slow internet connectivity that we have at jobsite forces me to be selective). Our time in Vietnam and Bali were absolutely memorable. Now, it’s time to start planning our next vacation.
April 28, 2014
Dear Kriste, Chris and Ally and Kylee:
What wonderful pictures you sent us. It is a real blessing to know that our grand daughters and their mother and father are all enjoying life in Indonesia. Your comments remind me of when Mother and I were on our Mission to Ontario – it was a total new life there for us.
Well, this weekend we spent in Salt Lake City. it was Saturday afternoon that Brooklyn was
baptized and the brand new grandson was blessed. It was nice that both Mom and I were involved by speaking in the baptism and Dad was involved in the Blessing.
Bart and Barb and sons travelled down to Salt Lake City as well.
Saturday evening, Mom and I decided to drive home Sunday morning, after breakfast. Breakfast was really exciting for Mom and I as we had ten of our grandchildren at the Hotel for breakfast,
We just can’t wait for the Roses to come back to the U.S.A. and then we can have 12 of our 12 grandchildren together for a meal.
Our family means so much to Mother and I. It is so wonderful to have an amazing family, chilldren and companions and grand children.
WE miss the four of you and we love the four of you.
We miss you, too! Sounds like you had a great time in Salt Lake. I’ll give you a call in a few days to hear all about it.
Thanks Kriste. I enjoy your emails. Makes me feel like I’m actually there with you. Slowly adjusting to life without Jeannie. Very hard at times.
Sent from my iPad Don Doody 9795 E. Forgotten Hills Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 480-585-0937 Cell – 480-213-7541 email@example.com
Hi Don! I’ve been thinking about you. I’m glad you enjoy reading the blog. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to create a new life without your soulmate, but I’m glad to hear that you’re slowly adjusting. I heard you’re having a beautiful spring! Enjoy it for us!!