We TRIED To post before this but the internet here hates us - well Paul I should day, He has the WORST luck - he had a brilliant write up done and nearly had all the pics resized and boom no power and he lost everything. So you are stuck reading my version of things - poor yous!
On to more important things like what we've been up too. Most days have been climbing related. Not a whole lot to say there. Challenging routes but we did come across a few that were really super. Paul had a really sweet lead with this one. I'm so proud of him! The crux was at the start - a bit odd - but it was super hard and he pulled it off beautifully! I had to struggle a bit and wished I was a few inches taller - would have made the whole thing a bit easier but it was a great route. One of my favorite here! The climbing here has been an experience - definately challenging but it has been cool. Being finished with that is a bit bittersweet. The climbing was great fun but we were being overrun by people with the "holiday" mentality and that was getting scary. On another great route we had reccommended to 2 fellows who were climbing beside us one day had become very dangerous as someone had lowered off a very important sling and the rope burn had rendered that piece of protection not very protective. We waslked by them after tehy had finsihed and they told us about it - I felt a bit bad at first for sending them that way but they understood how quickly things happen here. JUst goes to show you can never be too cautious and to always have spare webbing or cordelette handy.
On an "off" day (we got some flack for using the term rest day so I won't say that any more... :) Anyway... we decided to do some kayaking - YAY kayaking in WARM water - what a novel idea!! A much appreciated change from my normal kayaking weather - cold and rain - it was a bluebird day with a breeze that haunted us all day long! We went all around really, kayaked all the way into Ao Nang, and then back and then over to Railay and around the caves and cliffs there. We saw some great marine life. Tons of crabs that were not easy to photograph - those buggers can MOVE - and jump!! I had no idea! I kept thinking one was going to make it's way into the boat and then we'd really have trouble! They we're the craziest green/teal color, it was cool. Lots of birs of course and we saw our first monitor lizard - well baby monitor, it was just a little guy! We came across two of them which was cool. I think I also spotted a baby salt water croc. Now this would be a super sweet find as they are very few in number thanks to all of the pollution and long boat traffic but it was so brief I can't be sure. I'm pretty certain it wasn't another monitor though. We checked out some other deep water soloing spots and had a little impromptu session of our own! We really could have used that ladder the Wee had when we went with him but I guess that's why you pay the "professionals" to take you out. We were sans shoes for the event which made us that much cooler - okay not really but it's fun to say so - oh and we appreciate that little bit of leather that much more now! Sissy feet!! We paddle over to Railay and had lunch on the beach. We were hoping the picnic lunch was going to be a true picnic lunch in a basket and all but no such luck. They should work on their advertsing here. That was a fun day - not much of an off day as we battled the wind in every direction but still a good time.
The next day we went for our visa run - I told you we might have to do this in the last post. Well we decided to go for it since we didn't want to brave immigration's fines or the possibility of Thai jail so after checking out various folks that offered this service on Ton Sai - and being somewhat scared that one lady told us they'd bring us back "alive" at 7:30pm (really alive what's the other option - no really nevermind...) we went through Wee's since they incuded the boat rides that were crucial in getting us back to our bungalow. Started out well enough, we were going with two others a crazy candian and a brit we had met earlier at Fire wall, and then the car broke down. Well the fan stopped working so we were overheating, which is rather important when it's a 100 degrees out and we are 90 minutes away from our beds. So after a "20 minute" and I use that term loosely - 20 minutes in Thai time and 2 hours in reality - we were back in business beinf regaled by the crazy canadian's tales of living the life smoking ganja in Thailand and havign no responsibility - he's 50 something mind you. I wanted to sleep but i couldn't as I had "hump" duty (I got the nonexistent middle seat in the back, aka the hump) - twice since there was no way Paul was fitting and we each had to take a turn so I took his (the things you do for love!!). We finally arrive at the border and it was a strange place. Not really anything there but a bunch of stands and immigration. So we checked out of Thailand and into Malaysia (after MANY bureaucratic forms - gotta love big brother). We spent all of 15 minutes in Malaysia, because there was nothing there - well a road and again markets but no one was open. Apparently daytime isn't a busy border crossing time - who knew?!?!? So we checked out of Malaysia and back into Thailand and were good for another 30 days - no worries all we're looking forward to coming home - not extensions here!! And we were off for TonSai and no more hump seat for me!! :)
We packed our bags on the 9th and headed for Ao Nang - bye bye TonSai!!
So we're in Ao Nang in a lovely hotel room with power 24 hours!! Yippie!! Oh and LOTS of hot water double yippie but again we're creaping up the price scale again - booooo!! Today we went for a cool tour. We went elephant trekking or I should say had a ride on an elephant. They were way cool. Asian elephants - and we saw a little baby that was on 9 years old and a big mama that was 49 years old. The big mama's driver was a 9 year old boy. It's the family business and they start them young. It's part of a conservation group and they were really knowledgable about the elephants. They were such cool animals oh and we found out the hard way they don't like dogs!! We ran into a few on they way and our elephant gave a big yell and was backing off quickly!! He scared the dogs off an we were on our merry way through the jungle. After that we went to the Tiger Cave Temple, which we could have given a miss and been okay. Not much to talk about there an no one giving information so we knew what we were looking at. We did go on this crazy jungle walk thing to look at this really old tree that just fell down last year. Must have hear Paul was coming it's way.... And that was about it - oh an a lot of macaques (monkeys) that people were futzing with. They seem to forget that these are WILD animals and can bite your face off - they are NOT cute and cuddly. These guys were trying to get food and rummaging through the trash. Yummy....
Tonight it's shopping. Trying to tick off those Christmas gifts! The other night I hada craving for Moose's Tooth. You know the trip is coming to an end when you start thinking about cheese sticks and beer - yuuummmmmm!!! Hard to belive it's almost over but we're ready. Time for a comfy bed that Paul fits in and water you drink out the tap. Until next time!!