Chillin' at Kouang Si

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On Wednesday we all piled into a tuk-tuk and headed for Kouang Si, a waterfall thirty-five kilometers outside town.  I had hiked it on Monday with John, but no one else had seen it and we figured it'd make a fun picnic day.  So off we went, swapping hilarious backpacker stories while zipping through the countryside, baguettes and bananas and beers in tow.

Kouang Si is pretty amazing.  It's not the biggest waterfall any of us have seen, but it's not exactly small, either.  You can hike up along either side of it, and walking along the top provides quite the rush, taking in the view while standing knee-deep in ice cold water, plunging off the cliff just a few steps away.  Swimming is prohibited at the base, but you can wander along for a kilometer or so, and it's ok to swim in a couple of the larger pools along the way.  We spent the afternoon swimming and snacking and lounging on picnic tables, cursing all the other tourists who were ruining our pristine spot (as I'm sure they were cursing us).

The park also includes a bear sanctuary, so on our way back to the tuk-tuk we walked by and watched a few Adriatic bears snooze in the afternoon heat.  Those things are massive.  It's a shame they'd consider me a tasty play toy; they look quite cuddly (enormous nails excluded).
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Growing up, I was one of three musketeers -- me and my two cousins, Catherine and Annie.  Age-wise, I was squarely between them: one year younger than Catherine and one year older than Annie.  There's a small glitch in the system though; Annie's birthday is three weeks before mine.  Which means for three long weeks my world was upside down.  No longer could I reign supreme as the older cousin, which Annie took the liberty to remind me of on a near daily basis.  We were officially the same age.  Three whole weeks!

Yeah well now Annie's world is upside down.  Oh, how the tables have turned.  For three whole weeks she's the same age as me, only this time it's not quite the perk it used to be.  Welcome to the ranks, Anners.  Twenty-six is a good year.  About as good as they get.  Happy Birthday!
sylviandavid says:
Are they the BRITCHES...... LOL..... Gosh I hope they are reading this ...... HB Annie... Sylvia
Posted on: Feb 17, 2010
fransglobal says:
So now we know!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2010
mikkismith says:
Happy Birthday to Annie!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2010
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Kouang Si
Looking down from above at Kouang …
Looking down from above at Kouang…
Still at the top.
Still at the top.
Plunging
Plunging
View from Kouang Si
View from Kouang Si
James getting ready to rope swing …
James getting ready to rope swing…
One of the pools at Kouang Si.
One of the pools at Kouang Si.
Bear snoozing. (Check out the size…
Bear snoozing. (Check out the siz…
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