Early in the morning, we came to the foot of Mount Kinabalu, the giant monster of green fur made of humungous masses of jungle like a looming shadow through the clouds. I knew we were in for a great adventure.
On the way up the mountain we went to a village and saw lots of spikey fruits and it’s cool that we got to see them.
When we were hiking in the jungle we found a couple pitcher plants. They looked like they were hungry.
We went to a place where there are rope bridges crossing the canopy. We got to see down from 120 feet up. I was scared but also excited.
We went to a botanical garden. Our guide, Dominic, knew every single plant that we showed him. It felt cool to have a private biologist who could answer so many questions.
I saw so many different fungi I couldn’t even keep track of how many I saw. I saw small and big and round and bumpy and colorful fungi all over. It was like a fairy world. It was amazing to experience all of this texture and strange variation of colors.
Dominic said this fungus will turn black in a day, so we’re lucky we got to see it. All this fungus got up there because a centipede crawled up with spores on it, dropping spores on its way up the tree.
I found a trilobite. It was breathtaking. It sort of looks like a roly-poly that’s large with orange stripes. I thought it was a leaf, but when I looked closer I was that it was a bug.
On our first day of trekking I saw so much.