Merlion symbol of Singapore

Monday, May 30, 2011

Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs

We have gone on some great hikes here in Singapore; for being such a small place they have set aside areas as national parks and preserves. The trails are well marked, with huts for rain shelters; and more wildlife than I expected, although mostly monkeys and lizards. The one thing I didn't expect was all these stairs. Although they don't have tall mountains, there are lots of hills and they don't believe in switchback trails here. I'm not sure if it because of erosion issues, or they just want to make sure we get plenty of exercise-no need for StairMaster here. Here are just a few of the pictures of stairways on a recent hike.

We typically do from 4-7 miles each hike and this last weekend the hike included a suspension bridge through a tree canopy. It was amazing how many more birds you could hear when you are in the tops of the trees. You would never guess that you were so close to a major city. The monkeys jumping overhead still unnerve me, they sound like huge animals crashing through the forest, but are actually quite small, just noisy and aggressive. 

1 comment:

  1. Those are HUGE stairs...I was picturing the small 6 inch stairs. Looks like a great hiking area though!