Hi, We're Larry and Kaye Richardson from N Little Rock, Arkansas.  Mid-sixty retired couple married over 40 years trying to balance caring for an elderly parent, playing with grandchildren who live far away, and living a fun-filled-adventure-packed-still-crazy-about-each-other-life around the world. That's our 30 second elevator speech! You can stop here if you wish! For the long version, keep reading!

Hi, We're Larry and Kaye Richardson from N Little Rock, Arkansas. 
Mid-sixty retired couple married over 40 years trying to balance caring for an elderly parent, playing with grandchildren who live far away, and living a fun-filled-adventure-packed-still-crazy-about-each-other-life around the world. That's our 30 second elevator speech! You can stop here if you wish! For the long version, keep reading!

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ...Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ...Ubud

Don't look them in the eyes...they may become aggressive! They will steal your water bottle! Don't carry your camera in your hand.....they will grab it from you! Don't wear earrings.....they are attracted by shiny, dangly things and will rip them out of your ears! They will steal your sunglasses! They can unzip your backpack and look for food!  Wow, should we risk a visit to the Monkey Forest? We love danger and we love it here, so yes let's go! Actually, we did see some instances of these things happening, but only when the monkeys were encouraged and allowed to do so, like the girl who held her backpack out to the monkey to see if it would unzip it, and yes, the monkey did it easily. You are allowed to feed the monkeys, and if you stand still with your hand stretched out with food in it, they will climb up and lay on your arm to eat out of your hand. Not to worry, the hundreds of monkeys are well controlled by the dozens of park workers who can quickly end a close encounter with a hand gesture, a hand clicker, or from a longer distance by a stone from their slingshot.

The monkeys are not the only reason to visit the Sanctuary. The ubiquitous temples with intricate carvings, the rock pathway alongside a rushing stream, the countless photo ops and the Avatar-like trees that truly look otherworldly all are each deserving of a day in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Ubud.

Wait...Are all of those monkeys made of stone?

Wait...Are all of those monkeys made of stone?

The people on the bridge show the scale of these huge trees and mass of vines.

The people on the bridge show the scale of these huge trees and mass of vines.

This little guy acquired a map of the sanctuary and seems to be trying to find his way out!

This little guy acquired a map of the sanctuary and seems to be trying to find his way out!

When the monkey handlers give a loud whoop, the monkeys know its feeding time. The trees all around begin to shake and these little guys seem to come running from everywhere.

When the monkey handlers give a loud whoop, the monkeys know its feeding time. The trees all around begin to shake and these little guys seem to come running from everywhere.

The almost daily rains keep this creek through the Forest roaring like a waterfall.

The almost daily rains keep this creek through the Forest roaring like a waterfall.

Dragons are a common way to adorn staircases

Dragons are a common way to adorn staircases

Did someone say something about food?

Did someone say something about food?

See no evil, speak no evil and uhhh I forgot! 

See no evil, speak no evil and uhhh I forgot! 

A jungle setting teaming with monkeys make this the perfect backdrop for an ancient temple.

A jungle setting teaming with monkeys make this the perfect backdrop for an ancient temple.

Waterfall at Tegenungan Village

Waterfall at Tegenungan Village

Walking in Ubud

Walking in Ubud