Had some nice views from the early part of the hike. Hiking in tropical heat is so different from hiking in California's dry Sierra Nevada. It's just. so. hot. Instant, drippy, sweaty, hot. So glad we brought tons of Nuun tabs with us from the States last time we went home - we use them a lot here to stay hydrated, even for the kids during sports seasons.
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.