Mohit was annoyed. I was laughing, and making fun of the shriek Mohit let out when the monkey lunged at him. However, as soon as I stopped giggling, two monkeys started scrambling towards me. I shrieked even louder than Mohit and backed away quickly. They chased after me and I screamed and ran backwards even faster, trying to shoo them away. They kept after me and it was only after I nearly toppled off the side of the path and barely missed tumbling down a steep forested hillside that they finally gave up. This time Mohit was laughing.
In the afternoon, we followed a recommendation in Lonely Planet for a four hour trek along Campuan Ridge, above the Gunung Agung River, through tiny rural villages, past periodic isolated art galleries, and among more rice fields. We bought a tiny traditional Balinese painting of tropical foliage and colorful birds. We came back to town sweaty, exhausted, but thrilled with the amazing scenery. This is a beautiful slice of earth here.