Bali Day Two

Our morning started in the tree house watching the sun rise again. Today was a trip to the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Our villas is just a couple minute drive away so it was the perfect first excursion.

One of the things I really wanted to do with the kids while here was go on an elephant ride.

There are lots of options but after a bit of research the safari park seemed to have the best of everything for a ride.

The animals are treated kindly, they carry you through an African Savannah, and the ride lasts thirty minutes. Exactly the amount of time your body can take swaying back and forth.

It was a special experience having rhinos, zebras and ostriches roam freely around us.


Even got a chance to ride without a guide.

After riding the big beasts it was time to feed them.

 There was an elephant show that we took the kids too. CJ is a little hesitant anytime he hears the word "show" after his ninja experience. We assured him there wouldn't be anything scary but it turned out the show was about the human/elephant conflict for land. The kids learned a lot but CJ spent a lot of the show with his hands over his eyes.

The weather was hot an humid. We stayed hydrated with coconuts. 

 CJ wasn't so sure about his.

The park had lots of other animals to see as well!

 Seeing them in cages just isn't as exciting though when you can see them up close and personal. 

The kids went right up and pet a baby lion.


She was definitely real:)

 CJ was beaming the whole time.

 It was fun getting a family picture with Chloe the orangutan.

 But hanging out with her and her zookeeper was even better!


Lunch was at a restaurant surrounded in glass so we could watch the animals while eating. 


 There was also a safari ride on a bus that drove through lakes and made my heart drop on some of the narrow bridges.

Baby B wanted to be sure that DaddyO saw everything!

 This was a fabulous park to spend the day at with the family.

 The kiddos agreed:)


Bali Day One

We were awaken our first morning at 5:30 a collective cheer outside as the sun rose above the horizon. Fortunately our bodies were still on Japan time so the kids were wide awake and ready for our first day on the island. We headed outside to our tree house that overlooks the beach.

The beach was filled with locals. They were bathing in the stream running into the ocean, jumping the waves, hitting volleyballs, and passing soccer balls back and forth. Definitely not a tourist beach. The tree house was the perfect place to take the whole scene in.

While were were watching the beach an elderly lady wearing a sarong gave offerings at the villa's shrine. We would come to find out this was a daily ritual for her. She also left offerings at the gate to the beach and in front of each villa.

The staff informed us that this day was a Hindu celebration day which is why so many people were at the beach. Part of the celebration was bathing in the ocean water which brought good luck. By 9 a.m. the beach was deserted and DaddyO and the boys were playing with the dogs on the beach.


I was content with the view from our front porch.

But that didn't last too long with three littles and a pool nearby.

The kids were thrilled that this resort rescues dogs and had five lovable canines on the premises.

The dogs got lot of love and I'm hoping the kids get there dog fix before heading back home.

Our goal this vacation was to have lots of relaxing family time. The made to order meals served at the villa ensured it would be both relaxing and we'd have plenty of time together.


Dinner was prepared by the villa.

EJ got a lesson in grilling.

Red Snapper was the main course:)

She also got a lesson in napkin folding.

her teacher's

 Our first day on vacation was exactly what we hoped for; plenty of family time. Now for day two.

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