After the normal but bumpy 6 hour trip, we turned down a narrow dirt lane, fresh from the rains, our driver could only think of what a mess the car would be. We followed the lane to a dead end. I could see a sign for the Jungle Lodges and thought we would be walking through the foliage with our stuff, my irritation level was increasing...Just then a small motor boat pulled up and it dawned on me that we were crossing a fast flowing river in a boat just larger than a bathtub to the lodge.
Now I must remind you we are seasoned travellers within India, always prepared with snacks, gin & tonics to go, cards and plenty of insect repellent. These essentials make sure even the most unexpected accommodations are tolerable. During the boat ride - I kept thinking, what did I sign myself up for!
After dinner and playing on some non-standard playground equipment (think tire swings suspended from high trees and large spider nets pulled 10 feet above the ground) we retired to one of the villas for cards and snacks, looking forward to helping wash the elephants in the morning. About 3 am, Doug and I awoke to a tapping. I was sure someone was at the window. Doug sprang up from bed, put on his camping headlight and started to investigate. Now this is where i really wish i had a camera, to see him in his boxers with the headlamp on was something else! He told me to go back to sleep it was nothing.
Hours later we all got up, I noticed a trail of potato chips in the corner of the room and my Tupperware container had tiny chew marks all over it... I was promptly informed that a rat hat been in the cabin but Doug decided it was better for me not to know. We checked in with Will who was looking for some sunscreen, sure he left it in our villa. Searching high and low we found the tube that had about a dozen holes, clearly eaten through the night. We decided to pack up and head to the river, hoping to enjoy the elephants and then get the heck out of there!
I am assured next time that won't be a problem, but I won't be coming back!