Waterfall, Falling Water, Or Just Wet?
Our trip to Khao Lak Thailand was a much needed break. Sure, we could have done with less rain, but such is the rainy season in Thailand. Luckily no one drowned. Except for maybe our livers in tequila.
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You’ll notice there isn’t a guest on the show again. We’re OK with that. Like I said last time, we’re not holding stories hostage until we get a guest lined up. In fact, my goal is to give you more than a single episode a week, because we’ve got a backload of stories. And why the hell shouldn’t we share them with you, right? Speaking of that…
You may recall from the flurry of photos, silly Snapchats and other various missives that we took a week long vacation in early July to lovely Khao Lak, Thailand. We, along with our friends Eric and Amber from With Husband In Tow, were invited down by the J.W. Marriott Khao Lak to sample their hospitality, accommodations, and check out the surrounding area. Well… we did a lot of the first two. It’s the perfect property for when the rain keeps you from doing too much exploring. There’s a bar around every corner (not really, but it sure felt that way). Which is good if you want a drink but bad if you think tequila makes for a good sunscreen.
But that didn’t stop us from taking full advantage of the 3 km pool that winds its way through the property. At one point, the pool features a waterslide, where Sheila traumatized small children. No, not because she was playing the part of the mean big kid-- she’s a teacher, after all. I’m talking about the poor combination of high-speed and water friction which might have led to a wardrobe malfunction which might haunt the kids later in life. I’m not saying that’s what happened. Though I am apparently typing it.
But that’s not the story we’re telling on the show. Today’s story is the tale of my 8 km mountain bike trek to the Rainbow waterfall. Our gracious host, Hanna, opted to keep me company for the journey. Well, that was the theory anyhow. She’s apparently allergic to torrential rainfall and turned back not 300 meters into the ride. And oy vey did it rain! Which happens in the raining season. Which is why I had a dry bag. Which the others on the tour didn’t. Which meant there was one phone that didn’t get ruined. Mine. I don’t want to spoil anything, but man… was that a wet, wild day. In hindsight, I should have joined the other three at the pool for drinks. Again.
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You can get duck feathers but not pork on Koh Yao Yai. And leaping across bridges can be hazardous to your health. Spoiler alert!
Holy cow how did we make 28 episodes of our second season? Clearly we did, and you must like it, so I guess we’ll keep going. So without any further ado...
We have two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from America:
Mooless Island Life
Music credit: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod
We’re stoked that Thailand’s rainy season has brought cooler temperatures to Bangkok. But they also bring… well, rain. And that’s not what you want when you visit an island for a three day weekend. Nor do you want to have to deal with allergens in your pillows. All you really want is pork, which is a stupid thing to want when you’re surrounded by Muslims. Someone will never learn.
Bridging the Gap
Music credit: Lewis & Dekalb by Kevin MacLeod
Our friend Ben Patch spent his formative years traveling The States doing children’s theater. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it also leaves one with plenty of time to get out and explore their new surroundings. For a budding photography, it’s a great chance to see the world. But just because one has an eye for photography, doesn’t mean he can judge distance very well. Don’t jump, man.
And that’s the show!
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