Wifi is spotty. Never sure when we have reliable access wif. We need to look into a SIM card in the future.
This morning it's back to the Park. Divided by the Manas River, our crew sets up for breakfast and lunch in the same spot as we bird along the eastern park road, very little traffic. We take a boat across the river for a mid-morning trail walk in the "royal" part of the park. The current King (their 5th) has a residence in the park, one of his three residences, none ostentatious. Pictures of the young king, queen and toddler son frequently are displayed inside and outside of buildings. He and the previous king are highly thought of for their enlightened ideas.
The park provides an armed guard to escort us along the trail. There are tigers, cobras and more that could pose a threat. A young elephant is grazing alone; the park uses elephants in their patrols but this one is a youngster misbehaving in India so transplanted here. All alone, no family group. We are only 300 meters across the river from India. It is hot.
After lunch we start our climb to higher elevations. We follow a decent road near the ridge, very little traffic, just trees and mountain views. So peaceful. It gets cooler, layers come back on but it's still sunny as we try to get better views of the Green Magpie. Only a glimpse, but his bright red bill and bright green body jump out from under the leaves. His voice is a loud screech that resonates in the valley.
Tonight we have TWO nights in our modest but clean hotel. Another shower that fills only part of the bath; fine as long as you remember to move the tp and trash out of the room. Laundry!!