Our friends from home in California (left), our Bangkok friends, teachers I work with (middle), and us (right) - standing on the National Park beach waiting for our speed boat ride back to the mainland. The two nights and three days on the island were lots of relaxing fun, and a nature feast for the eyes, ears, and lungs (living in Bangkok makes for poor air quality much of the time!) And the best part, time with friends, building relationships.
I am not a super confident swimmer, and I hate cold water. Good thing that Thailand snorkeling is WARM and the choral and fish are so beautiful! We don't dive, but one of Thailand's best dive site is not too far from here. Snorkeling in Thailand has always been easy - just reserve from wherever you're staying, and a long tail boat shows up with a local driver to take you out to the spots. I found that here around the Surin islands it wasn't crowded at all, probably because the Thai New Year holiday has just passed, and we're entering the hottest part of the hot season.
Quick paced 5 mile hike up to Iron Springs Trailhead. Nice workout on a very windy chilly day.
Finished passenger side of garage paneling and installed 1/2 plywood to mount water system equipment. Progressing a little slower than I would like but it’s all good.
Lots of tents close together, but luckily we were some of the only people camping here for the two nights. The nice thing was that the tent was literally 10 meters from high tide. Jeff found some time to relax in the Eno in the shade for a break from the tropical heat. It is hot season here right now, meaning that it is often 40 celsius with over 80% humidity.
Plenty of work on our van and a short walk later in the afternoon.
Great conversation with Karyl and got caught up on all about her trip out here to see me off.
Found out Willow will not be joining us on the PCT. Her business is being sold as of this coming Thursday and she is accepted into a spiritual retreat center in Utah. She acknowledged me for getting her to this point and thanked me.