Rain, rain, come and play!
Trip Start Jun 26, 2013
16Trip End Jul 24, 2013
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It is a rainy day here in Thailand, one that Joe and I are thoroughly enjoying. I write from the covered deck of our treehouse bungalow, relaxing in the comfy chair as I listen to the music of the rain and the intermittent call of various birds and cicadas. It is the first rainy day we have had-- before this it rained some in the afternoons, but usually was brief. Joe is here too; he has his binoculars in hand, watching to see what happens by. We are set high enough on this steep drive to see the tops of the trees in front of us, getting the chance to see some birds we might not see from ground level.
We arrived here yesterday afternoon, following a scenic drive from the Sirat Thani airport in our rented car. We decided to take a break from buses and taxes, wanting the freedom a car provides.
Our temporary home here is called Las Orquideas and is among the nicest places we have stayed yet. There are lovely flowers everywhere and the room itself is tastefully done with stone tile and natural rocks in the bathroom and little touches here and there that take it a notch above ordinary.The owners, Sisco and Née are super nice and have offered wonderful advice about what we should do and not do during our time here. They are the perfect hosts.
This morning we got up at 5:30 and got to Khao Sok National Park before 6. Having spent several hours there yesterday getting familiar with it, we hoped to see some interesting animals, or at the very least, some of the fabulous birds we know live here. We saw some bats flitting around as we crossed the bridge and heard monkeys in the treetops
Though the park is huge and has many notable birds and animals, most of it is inaccessible, with no roads through it. We are in the western end, where there is one trail that goes into it for about 8 km. The other side of the park has a lake called Chiaw Lan. This was created in 1982 by an enormous dam. The lake is supposed to be very beautiful with many unique rock formations. We will try to go there tomorrow and hire a long boat to take us on a ride.
During our walk yesterday we watched a troop of monkeys for quite a while, first grooming each other and then playing on the bamboo. What fun it was to stand quietly, watching them go about their business.
...the rain continues, harder now, a steady sound that is soothing. I like to watch the drops falling from the roof edges, two perfect rows of cascading water. Joe has donned his rain coat and disappeared into the forest, likely searching for birds, or wandering through the gardens, trying to find lovely things to photograph in the downpour. As for me, I am content to sit. It is wonderful to relax and enjoy the here and now. I am happy for the rain. I have a new book and no where to be. Perfect!