I was surprised how deserted the Sundarban national forest really was. I mean — this is Bangladesh — it’s a packed country. But in the forest itself, we saw so few people. Just miles and miles of wilderness. There was very little pollution, except right at the bay. The top picture is at the bay. Even though there was a hurricane nearby, (thus all the rain and wind), we got into a smaller boat and walked through the forest, grasslands, and mangroves to the beach. The walk was about an hour long, and we had fun identifying trees and marveling over the deer bounding away from us. The beach was beautiful and the water was warm. But all that rain and wind tired us out quickly and even the adults started to go blue in the face. So we walked back. Poor M was so cold and with the wind our umbrella was not much help. It was strange — it couldn’t have been colder than 70, but with the wind and rain it felt almost unbearable to the little kids. I was glad that my baby was safe and dry on the boat with Jacob! The waves had gotten rougher and the little boat had a rough time facing the big boat at a good angle for us to get off. The staff with us were all smiling and saying we had nothing to worry about, but all of us were feeling shaken up with the waves breaking over the boat. When the last person had gotten on the big boat, the engines roared and we left the coast. I heard that the captain was not too happy with the amount of time we had been away — maybe the hurricane had come closer?