Sea Adventures

Today we got up early and went on the Sea Tour with Island Safari (the same group that we took the Island City Tour with.. I didn’t realize it was the same bunch when we booked both or I would have chosen a different company just to get a different sampling of tour companies. Island Safari isn’t bad, pretty good in fact. This group was a little more laid back today with some lags in between events.)

We were picked up at our resort around 7:30 and loaded into a Jeep- like- thing. (The back is open with a roof and bars along the sides to keep you in.) The jeep took us to the pier in Fishermans Village where we met up with the rest of the group. They fed us coffee and crissonts for breakfast (Brian ate at the resort and I should have too, but I was worried a real breakfast and a boat ride would upset my tummy. I should have eaten with Bri. By the time they got everyone organized and moving I was starved and would have happily eaten more crissonts.)

We took a speed boat with three motors to a set of islands that are like a national park. It was about an hour ride over and we found some really great waves. (not everyone thought the waves were as much fun as I did!)

We snorkeled in a little cove for an hour or so. The fish seemed to love the tourists. This huge herd of blue and black striped fishes swarmed all around us. They would swim right up and look into our masks. There weren’t as many kinds of fish as we saw in Hawaii, but the coral was just amazing! There were anemonies (I think that’s what they are called) with wavy arms in magenta and lime green bodies. Little yellow fish swam through their hair? Arms? Whatever! So pretty! I held on to the strap on Brian’s lifevest and we floated along pointing to things. I liked these spikey black things with little white eyes… They looked like Pokemon! Ever so often I had to drag Brian back toward the boat. He is as bad as my Mom! He is happy just to chase the fish and wander off to sea.

Next we were loaded back into the boat for a short ride over to another island in the national park. Then we got to go kyacking. I chose a pink kyack/canoe for us. There was a pretty strong wind going and it was a lot harder to paddle than I had expected. We didn’t go very far, just out and around a little bend. Our group landed on a little beach and we were supposed to go explore. It was a pretty small beach and Brian and I went and swam instead. – Yes, Moms, we left the beach and actually got in the water. Three different times! After returning from kyacking we had a buffet lunch on the beach.

Again they loaded us into the boat and drove us to another island. This time we were supposed to take a little walk to a pretty look- out. Little walk my tush! It was a major hike with a killer climb up these crazy stairs and through rock formations. Now I am no mountain climber, but I am not a total weakling…. I was toasted by the time we made it to the bottom of the view point …. Yeah, bottom… Had to go down before we could go up. I was sweating (okay, it’s Thailand, you always sweat) so bad when we finally reached the top. The rest of our group had reached the top already (I didn’t want everybody behind me… Some of the steps were pretty high for my short legs) and we all sat around and whezed for a while. When we got our breath back we took turns taking photos of each other and the amazing view. Wow! Just wow! Hiking back down was killer, but Brian wouldn’t leave me behind to just die… So I had to climb back to the beach. The view was amazing… Totally worth the hike! Hell, the hike was an amazing part of the adventure. I wouldn’t reccomend it for anybody with ANY health issues…. Not that our tour guides thought to mention that to us.. Or go with us… Apparently they feel that tourists are a renewable resource!

Thank you Skye and Shani for the Thaiti Sweetie after sun lotion! We did use sun block! We just finally got toasted on the boat ride home. Just the tops of our legs and feet.

We were so tired when we got back to the resort! We ordered room service and ate dinner on the balcony. After some hunting, we found something in English on tv and decided to just laze.

This was such an amazing day! I am too tired to move.

Monday – the relaxing day

So far so good. A beautiful morning. I woke up to an amaIng sunrise (actually, I woke up around three-thirty and the sun finally joined me around five. Something must be severly
wrong with me… Every morning I wake up at three and can’t fall back asleep. I am going to be so messed up when I get home!

The sunrise was amazing (Brian has me conditioned to expect doughnuts and the smell of tires when I see a sunrise. Plumeria flowers and the sounds of the ocean had me confused!) I read magazines and entertained a little Thai squirrel on the balcony until Brian woke up.

We played chess on one of the patios for a while. Brian trounced me again, but I am getting better. I’ve only just started to learn….and already I have Brian calling the Knight ‘the pony’!!!

I hope to lure Brian out into the sun again today. Maybe lie on the beach a while…

*hugs*

Baby Elephant Massage

Today we went on the Island City Tour. We have more sense than to try to drive anywhere ourselves so we had to go with a tour company if we want to see the other side of the island. (Have I mentioned the motor bikes? These people are crazy! 2,3 sometimes 4 people at a time on these dinky little bikes just flying down the highway. Children ride in front, babies in the middle and televisions or fish get strapped to the back. Yes, I am serious. I have photos).

At the tour company headquarters we got to watch a monkey show, feed baby elephants, ride big elephants and see an elephant show. All fun and interesting …. Then they ask for volnteers during the baby elephant show. Not me, nunh! Then Brian disapears… Yep. My husband ran off to join the elephant show… Not something I am proud to admit.

Now I think I was very good yesterday during the Thai massages. I wasn’t bothered by some other girl slathering my hubby down with oil. (Yes, normaly I am the jealous type…. Can’t help it). Thai massage: no big deal… Elephant Massage: bad, bad naughty elephant! Brian lost his t-shirt and then at the trainer’s direction to search Brian for bananas, that elephant ‘smooched’ him all over! Then it ‘gently’ stomped him with it’s foot. Elephant massage my tush! That elephant molested my Brian! (and I got the whole thing on video.)

After wipping Brian down with baby wipes we joined to rest of the group and headed off to see a mummified monk (he died while mediating and they just left him sitting upright. He is creepily well preserved), the Big Buddah (huge, gold, sparklie Buddah.. Need I say more!?), Grandmother and Grandfather rocks (which in no way seem grandparently to me… You will see the photos) and a big waterfall. We were also supposed to go to a ‘local market’ for food and shopping. I found neither food nor good shopping. Souvineers are looking pretty slim… We do have 500 or so photos though! (I did buy a bag of coconut caramels, a chewy candy they make right at the markets. Petty yummy. I will try to stay out of them until we get home so we can share).

I was pretty tired after all of our adventuring today and said to Brian that I wished we could find someplace quiet for dinner. Someplace where we could just sit and listen to a band play. The pizza place had a Thai guy who murdered a few Beatles and Elvis songs, but played the panio really well. When we came back to the resort there had been a wedding here and they were having a big dinner on the beach with live music. (And you guys complained about the drive to Hermann!) Brian and I sat out on the balcony and listened to the band play while I typed our latest adventures.

Tomorrow I am planning another one of those relaxing days again. I’ll see if we can get it right this time. No more ten mile hikes and such. Just sitting in beach chairs and playing in the water. (yes, we have both been in the water, Mothers. In the pool and the ocean!)

Massages on the beach

Yesterday was supposed to be a relaxing day. We don’t have that whole concept worked out real well yet. There was a lot more walking and roaming around than I would have thought qualified for “relaxing”.

We had a complementary trip to the resort’s spa with our stay so we took advantage of that yesterday. Their spa is amazing. We just got the neck and shoulder massages so we sat under one of the little pagadoas in the garden. Beautiful!

Afterward we hiked the other way up the beach (we went down the beach yesterday). The beach is really deserted. Everything is very quiet. (I have heard that tourisim is down 50% in Thailand.) We cut through one of the resorts to get back to the main road. It was the other resort that we had considered before we chose the Anatara, the Zazen. It is beautiful, but it is a super long way away from …. Well, anything. Our place is just as pretty and close to the Fishermans Village. We are slowly working our way up the beach trying different places for dinner. Normally I like places where I can try some Thai food (really simple stuff… No burning spices for my tummy, thank you very much!) and a fancy fruit smoothie. Tonight, though we went really simple … Pizza. We’ve already had some food ‘issues’ today and wern’t feeling like risking anymore.

Brian had some bad cow juice this morning (haven’t I warned you people about drinking that crap? Cows belong on grills, not in glasses… Ick!). Later on our City Tour we kept being promised food, but I never found anything I was willing to eat. Pizza was a huge treat!

Anyway, on to the massages…. We found this little place that looked good. It’s kind of odd… These girls yell down the beach at you…. A little like being propositioned! We both got an amazing one hour oil massage for less than $10 each. They chatter on in Thai, which is a little disconcerting at first (I mean, are they talking about me or something on tv!?) but pretty quickly I zoned out to the sound of the ocean and the yummy massage. Then all of the sudden I notice… That pressure feels strange… This little Thai gal is sitting in the middle of my back!! I look over at Brian and he has a girl sitting on her knees in the middle of his back too! He didn’t seem to fazed… then again, his girl was a bit smaller than mine! I am not going to reccomend this to my regular massage therapist at home. It was deffinatley interesting. I want to try one of the Aloe After Sun Massages before we head home. Aside from being sat on, which wasn’t actually bad, just more suprising, a massage on the beach was an amazing treat!

Plants

Mom. What is the white flower. I can’t find a name for it, but it is everywhere.

I found a nursery the other day, but I can’t find plants that I can bring back on the plane.

I found our desert rose plants. They are everywhere! And HUGE! Brian won’t let me stuff one in our suitcase. (he is so mean!). That is a desert rose that Bri is standing next to

Food, Glorious Food

This morning I got to try crysanthymum juice. Little too sweet for my taste, but interesting none the less.

Brian seems to be having great fun with my coffee in the mornings. The coffee comes these kind of press pots… I’m not sure what you would really call it. It is a glass pot with gold feet and handle and the coffee grounds are in a filter inthe center of the pot. You make the coffee stronger by pressing the filter through the hot water. The fist morning I wasn’t sure what to do with the pot, it really took some pressure to shove the filter. Brian too over and loved figuring out how it worked. I had some really strong coffee that morning! I got ahold of the pot faster this morning. Three presses for perfect coffee.

There was some kind of fruit on the bar this morning. It had a red skin and white fruit inside with hundreds of little black crunchy seeds. I have no ideas what it was, but it was good.

We tried the mango jam and coconut jam on our crossonts. Ken, if I can figure out how to get a jar home I will bring you some mango jam. (I haven’t found too many great sources for souvineers yet. Hopefully when we go out to some of the other towns I can do some more shopping.)

We had dinner at the Happy Elephant on the Beach last night. I had a strawberry and coconut ice cream sundae for dessert … Yum! Shrimp with fried noodles for dinner.

We still haven’t been brave enough to try eating anything from the street venders. I was tempted by the banana pancakes, but fish?… Not so much. There are all these little carts on wheels welded to motor bikes. People drive around and serve food out of them. I see people eating eating out of them all the time and they don’t seem to be curling up and dying on the street….. But….

We are once again up too early. Nothing in Thailand seems to get started before ten at the earliest…. Noon more likley. Dinner seems to get going more around seven.

Brian is reading our horoscopes out of the Bangkok newspaper. Better get going!