I knew I couldn’t go to Borneo without seeing the rainforest, so my last full day in KK was planned around that. I got picked up by a driver to take the “canopy walk” tour around Borneo. The first stop on the trip was Mt. Kinabalu. We didn’t get to actually hike the mountain, but we were dropped off at an awesome viewpoint to see it’s peak. We got there at the perfect timing because about 10 minutes after we arrived, clouds started rolling in and completely blocked the view of the mountain after I snapped a few photos. If I have any desire to be a mountain climber in another life, I can imagine coming back here to hike Kinabalu. I’m sure it was even more amazing once you got a little closer.
The real reason I was on the trip though was to see the rainforest, so I happily got back in the car and headed to the final destination. The rainforest wasn’t really what I was expecting, but it was still pretty sweet.
After hiking for about 20 minutes up the mountain, you reach the canopy walkway.
I don’t know what I was expecting of the canopy, but whatever those expectations were flew out the window and I was just scared shitless. I didn’t think the walkway would be scary, I just thought it would be awesome. I was definitely wrong. The picture above was the only picture I took while on the walkway because I was too scared to take my hands off the ropes. Only 6 people were allowed on the canopy at a time and that was about 5 too many for my taste. With other people on the same, small, skinny, rickety, wooden plank as you, the whole thing shakes precariously and it’s hard to keep your balance. Even if it was perfectly still, I would have probably been a little scared, but add 5 strangers to the mix, and you don’t know if you’re going to make it out alive. I did though…make it out alive. And I became a better person afterwards. It was definitely awesome, but one of those awesome experiences you only enjoy after it’s over and you’re on solid ground again.
My flight was scheduled to leave late that night to head back to the states, so after we finished the canopy walk, we headed back to the hotel to pack up all my belongings (and hope they still fit in my backpack.) Before heading to the airport, I stopped at the mall to get a bite to eat.
Right outside the mall was a rundown building with a bunch of random graffiti.
While none of it was amazing, I found the perfect stencil on one of the pillars right before it was time to leave.
Peace out, Asia. It has definitely been real.
America, I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. TO. SEE. YOU!!!!!