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Cannon Ball Tree flower, cool!

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.

I don't know where this was, but somewhere on the way to the dam.
The sides of roads and camping sites seem to be favorite hangout locals!

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.
Inside the Marble Temple--the Temple where i finally meditated
The sweat beginning to pool in my fat recesses brought me back to attention and encouraged me to seek refuge under the dense canopy of the forest/jungle.

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.

Midnight snacks--thai style!? (not so different than American)
What was so amazing about this--it was COVERED, EVERY cm totally covered with huge orchids. Of course, they were not in bloom, but can you imagine how breathtaking when they're in full bloom!?

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.

This pic was hard given Brian's suicide. . .
A risk very well worth it! We followed, for maybe 10 minutes, these two gibons as they journeyed from one branch to another. For all you tree-climbers out there, these are the naturals! I got some good pics of this I think. That ended the perfect trip to my first and only Thailand National Park. When we went back to the Souvenir shop, we discovered they are closed every Tuesday. Calendar check...damn, it was Tuesday! I found two stickers that said Khao Yai Nat'l Park and bought them...more than the souvenirs, the memory of the sounds will be forever etched in my brain and life. If you ever come here, this place is NOT to be missed!

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.

All Aboard!
Again, I am intimidated, but I will make it. I fly from Bangkok to Taipei then to Los Angeles and finally to Tampa. There are so many more stories to tell, I cannot wait to catch up with each of you over dinner, coffee, something ! I am sure you will ALL be even MORE tired of hearing about Thailand than you already are. I feel sorry for Trino, who is helping me train for an upcoming half marathon--lots of running equals lots of stories. And Sherri who will be stuck with me at 14 more Unity Days. And my family--well, ya'll have to endure!

Love you lots and see you and chat w/ you soon !

LOVE
JR/Donald

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Cannon Ball Tree flower, cool!
Cannon Ball Tree flower, cool!
I dont know where this was, but s…
I don't know where this was, but …
Inside the Marble Temple--the Temp…
Inside the Marble Temple--the Tem…
Midnight snacks--thai style!? (not…
Midnight snacks--thai style!? (no…
This pic was hard given Brians su…
This pic was hard given Brian's s…
All Aboard!
All Aboard!
A mountain somewhere?
A mountain somewhere?
MASSIVE Pumalos (Spelling?)
MASSIVE Pumalos (Spelling?)
This is actually in Khao Yai, it j…
This is actually in Khao Yai, it …
Monkey at Khao Yai Natl Park
Monkey at Khao Yai Nat'l Park
Yours Truly at Khao Yai
Yours Truly at Khao Yai
Beautiful water at Khao Yai
Beautiful water at Khao Yai
Bamboo at Khao Yai
Bamboo at Khao Yai
Just a cool tree
Just a cool tree
EVERYWHERE!
EVERYWHERE!
More waterfall
More waterfall
Yet again...looks like i Have a fl…
Yet again...looks like i Have a f…
Look closely...gibons in natural h…
Look closely...gibons in natural …
More Gibons
More Gibons
More Gibons
More Gibons
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photo by: Deats