beach near Krabi
I hope everyone had a good Christmas! We have spent the last couple days anchored near Krabi. First we went to this beautiful little spot that has two islands that are connected by a sandbar and you can walk across at low tide. We spent Christmas Eve at the main town area and I went out to dinner with Jim and Ket and Gigi at a seafood restaurant where we picked out the live fish we wanted to eat from plastic bins in the front. It was really good. On Christmas morning we motored over to Hong Island and Kevin and I went exploring in the dinghy for a little while and found this great secret (well, not so secret, it’s the whole point of the island and there were others there but we were happy to stumble across it on our own) little lagoon that is only a few feet deep and connects to the ocean through a small passageway in the cliffs.
After lunch I took a nap and then we moved the boat back to the main beach area again. After a really good Thai takeout dinner we had “Christmas” and it was really fun. I got a cool sailing bag, necklaces, stuffed animal dog, and book about dogs. I guess they know me pretty well! Kevin and Ket and Gigi went out afterwards but I stayed in to watch Love Actually, which I had been trying to do for a week now! It was so good to see it finally. I went to bed pretty late and woke up this morning a little later, which was nice. I cleaned the galley and then Kevin and I watched a few movies, pretty relaxing. So, not a lot to report I guess. We go back to the dock tomorrow and it’s been a nice two weeks of being out on the water.
the sand bar connects the two islands
Now I can’t believe it’s January! We spent a couple days on the dock in Phuket doing some random boat work, like polishing and cleaning and stuff.
Kevin and I had a day off and we didn’t really know what to do with the time, so we ended up spending some time at the mall (he got a fancy camera, I got sushi and my favorite sandwich from Au Bon Pain). Then we walked around Patong and found the motherload of pirated DVDs and stocked up. I got season two of the Office and seasons one and two of Grey’s Anatomy, made my day… Someone had to stay and watch the boat on New Years, and I volunteered so Kevin and Eliot could go out together. I was bummed not to be able to go out, especially as I’d been looking forward to it for the whole semester, but I spent some time online and watched some Office episodes so that was ok. I guess some bombs went off in Bangkok just before midnight and killed a few people, which is too bad, I don’t want it to get a bad name/become dangerous.
I would go back for a visit in a second if I could! New Years day we spent hanging out on the boat and then we did some work on the second I think. Oh yeah, we sanded and painted all the wood on the boat. That felt good to get done. Boomer and Chantale came back early from their trip because they got altitude sickness in Tibet, so we all hung out for a few days before leaving the dock again. We spent a morning full of errands driving around Phuket, and at a stop at the mall Boomer and Kevin came across some toy model helicopters that they decided they needed to purchase, so they spent the afternoon setting them up and trying to fly them in a nearby field. Trying is sort of the key word. I guess it’s harder than you might think to control them, and there was some wind which kept blowing them completely out of control and into sketchy jungle.
you can see the boat in the distance
Kevin’s fell into the woods near a house and pretty soon the whole family was out in the field watching them crash their toys. And crash they did, from one hundred feet in a straight dive bomb down to the ground. But surprisingly it was the battery that died first, and not the helicopter itself. So we can look forward to lots of future helicopter flying, goody goody. We left the dock yesterday, on the 6th, for Langkawi. We had watches of two people with three on six off, so it wasn’t that bad, except that it rained most of the time. We’re really hoping it stops raining before we are supposed to paint the boat.