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7/3/2015 – 7/52015
I have a little catching up to do! It's been difficult finding time to write every day since we’re usually up at 7 am, walk 5 – 10 miles a day and then go to bed around 11 pm. Friday, we took a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. I was excited to get out of the big city and into a more relaxed area, …
... hiked an hour in the dark up a creek bed to the very basic training camp. Devon spent 5 days and night in the camp training and learning a lot from Andy who has been teaching for many years and has been in Thailand 25. He is originally from Toronto Canada but lived on Salt Spring Island in the 70’s (small world).
The Camp: (as per Andy's words)
It is an isolated Camp on the side of a mountain bordering on ...
... that night staying up far too late playing pool & cards also showing the aspiring Scots Jodie our kilts much too her delight. She is now an honorary Scot haha.
The next day was slow, a few too many Changs so it was named a day of rest, grazing on food and relaxing which i think we needed to be honest. We did book or first activity though, a 2 day mountain trek consisting of trekking through jungle, staying with a local hill tribe, elephant riding and safari, ...
... The accomodation was amazing too. At first we were sad not to have balconies over the elephants like some of our new friends but actually we were in a little corner with an incredible view of the Mae Taeng river where we could watch the wildlife and local villages and even watched the sun rise the next morning. There was more elephants stuff the next morning when we got much closer than a day tripper and also got to learn more about the mahouts and the amazing work they do. It was ...