First day of Volunteer work - Mangroves

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Our transportation to the work site

So today marked my first day of real work.  We were set for departure at 7:45 AM for the mangrove swamps south of Krabi.  We had a few stops to make to get some equipment - they were out of wellies of the size that I needed (there are currently an inordinate number of guys on the project so all the larger sizes are taken).  After that it was a short drive to the site.

There were two tasks being performed today.  A few people would continue working on a new log bridge over a stream that was being constructed.  The remainder would be helping clear the swamp area of more invasive species that had taken over when many of the mangroves had been torn out.  We were working at low tide so we weren't wallowing completely in mud, but it was hot, sticky, muddy work all the same.

Working on a bridge in the mangrove swamp
  We had machete type instruments that we used to hack and slash our way through all the plants in the area, taking care not to harm the few mangroves that remained.  We took breaks often too stay hydrated, get some food, and just plain rest.  Still adjusting to the change in weather conditions from back in the States, I probably took more frequent breaks.  But we did manage to move the line back several feet along with the locals that were working on the site as well.

We finished up around 2 PM and by that time it had gotten really hot.  So hot that the customary mudfight was skipped prior to heading back to our ride back to the house.  Everyone cleaned up, rested, had dinner, and then most of us headed down to Ao Nang.  We had the weekend off and it was time to relax.  Tonight was my first foray into the night life of Ao Nang.  50 Baht beers/80 Baht drinks (currently 34-35 Baht/US Dollar) was a pretty good deal to make everyone pretty happy.  Early into the morning we drifted off in groups to head back to the house by tuk-tuk for the night.

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Our transportation to the work site
Our transportation to the work site
Working on a bridge in the mangrov…
Working on a bridge in the mangro…
Mangrove trees cleared of other ve…
Mangrove trees cleared of other v…
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This hatchet job was hot and mudd…
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Building a bridge to get to anoth…
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