April 15th, 2009 - Yesterday I finished a three day boat tour of Komodo National Park . It is a magnificent area. I am seriously losing track of time but I think it has been about five days since I've written anything.
After our dragon safari the rest of the time was spent cruising through the park waters. There was a source of tension along the way. As I said above we went with the three day tour as opposed to two. Although we believed we had communicated our desire to squeeze more in when we made the arrangement Captain Rudy seemed dead set on merely stretching the two day itinerary into three days and spending more time in each spot. We, of course, wanted to see more places and were moderately successful at doing so but not without lengthy and laborious conversations in mutilated Indonesian. The third day was a bit of a wash but it was nice just being out on the water and taking it easy. This would be the result of ‘nonthinking outside the box syndrome’ I discussed in some of my earlier posts. There is no mal intent, just a lack of understanding, or meeting of the minds if you will. It was made a bit more difficult as I discovered that our Captain could not read a map so well. But do not get me wrong. He was a kind soul and he did much to ensure an enjoyable trip.