Last from Thailand
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This is my last entry actually from Thailand. I will probably upload some additional pics and do a final summary upon my return for anyone seeking "closure." lol
We went to Khao Yai Monday and Tuesday. It was awesome! First, we took a small side-trip to see the dam. While this was definitely not my idea, it was enjoyable. And, as fate would have it, along the way we passed numerous fields of sunflowers. A pic is included somewhere here for your delight. That and the train ride made the side-trip well worth it!
At Khao Yai, I was so amazed by all the monkeys running around! Imagine all the possums (or opossums to be exact?) and squirells...add them together and you get a fraction of the number of monkeys traipsing around. Unfortunately, the monkeys have been trained and they hang out near touristy areas.
Much to Paul's chagrin, i convinced him to go on a small hike. My dad knows about these little "short" trails. more than 6 Kilometers and hours later, we returned. along the way, however, we experienced some amazing and lush forests/jungles. This hike brought to life all the movies, books and cds about tropical forests I have ever read, seen or heard. When we got to the second trail (yes, I convinced him to walk more than one!) we heard the Gibons (Spelling?) singing their song in the tree tops. I was frozen. All I could do was stand there and listen to this glorious music coming from high above. That matched with the buzzing insects, chirping of birds and rustling of the bamboo/trees with the wind--I felt like I was transported to an American massage therapists room, but this was all real.
We stopped often at virtually every water feature at first. Then, when I realized they all are pretty much the same, we didn't stop unless it was a waterfall. I was so taken aback by the number of butterflies at each waterfall. They would play games with one another--or maybe it was fighting, I dunno--where they would be in a long line of butterflies and then they would all form a circle getting tighter and tighter until it burst back into a long line of butterflies. They would repeat this over and over and over. I could've sat for hours just watching them live a seemingly carefree life! Then, I looked up overhead and noticed a MASSIVE tree branch spanning the entire creek of water.
I saw a trail of ants all in uniform and marching. . . i took some pics then followed the trail. They went into a massive pile of dirt. I steered clear of this clump that came to my waist! Naturally I have pics!
The longest trail was a trail you walked there and back. On our return trip, it was just as amazing. However, just when I thought it couldn't get ANYMORE amazing--it did! Paul stopped, looked up (which I did often, he normally kept walking) and pointed. I quietly tip-toed up to him, looked up just in time to see a gibon jump from one tree to another. Naturally my camera was in my bag (which I hauled the ENTIRE trip!) so I took a risk by getting it out.
Sadly, I will be leaving tomorrow morning. My taxi arrives at 8:30 for 2:20 flight. UGH! It will take maybe 60-90 minutes to get there and I'll have to navigate checking in and finding my gate in the world's largest airport.
Love you lots and see you and chat w/ you soon !