Read 1/3 here. 3/3 is coming soon…
8. Koh Tarutao : December 14-16, 2014 – At around 40 nautical miles, the trip from Koh Kradan down to Koh Tarutao was our longest day sailing. We started getting knocked around, part way through the journey, when the wind picked up and began to bounce us around. Eric, the old salt, held down the fort while the rest of us spent a good part of the day trying to sleep off the queaziness, despite having taken sea sickness pills. When we finally pulled in and dropped anchor at Tarutao National Park, way down in the deep south of Thailand, we were pretty relieved.
Sorry for the silence.
We recently finished our one month catamaran charter in the Andaman Sea, and are currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We’ll put together more blog posts in the near future to fill you in on our adventures up to this point.
While on the boat, we rarely had access to the Internet, and had limited access to electricity to charge our numerous devices. The result was that everybody spent nearly the whole month without using our electronics. I believe it set some sort of record for this family.
Everyone coped by doing a lot of swimming, snorkeling, hunting for hermit crabs, reading (sometimes the same book over and over again, because books were in short supply as well), a little bit of game playing (a game called SET seemed to be the favorite), and a fair amount of squabbling (of course).
Eric wakes first, and heads to the lodge for some morning coffee and to take advantage of the quiet. One by one, the rest of us crawl out of bed and head to the lodge. The boys order a set breakfast: an omelette, two freshly made rolls with butter and jelly, sliced local fruit, and hot chocolate. I order Chai.
Chiang Mai was a refreshing change after spending those first few intense days in Bangkok. Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand, but it has the energy of an alluring small town. The streets are buzzing: filled with both locals and tourists, food stalls, and merchandise of all sorts. The roads are jammed with songthews (public transportation trucks), motorbikes, tuk tuks, and cars; crossing them like that old Atari game of frogger. But Chiang Mai is also filled with winding quiet back alleys, beautiful flowering plants, and excellent food everywhere you turn. With over 200 temples in the city, it is hard not to bump into one as you walk.
I’ve managed to throw together a video made from footage of a fun filled day on the the Nam Lang River. After editing, I have so much respect for the Whitehead family, who put out a badass video at hockey season’s end every year…from much more footage. Sheesh… & Kelly finally gets her computer back.
Zach, Alex and I jumped on a short kayaking tour offered by the guesthouse we’re staying at. It’s likely a bit long for most viewers, but then again our family will have fun watching it in full length again someday! The float runs through a cave full of bats, it’s size difficult to describe. Maybe about the size of the Kingdome? The run through the cave is near the beginning of the clip, shots of the kids and a bunch of my very novice paddling skills follow. Enjoy!
And thanks again Pop for the GoPro.