Up to the Viewpoint and a General Wander
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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So after I decided that midday was in fact late enough to be sleeping and I should get up, rather than wanting to, I got up and climbed to the highest accessible point on Ko Phi Phi, 'the viewpoint' to survey the view. I actually walked up with Rick and met another guy on the way too so we all went up together. This viewpoint is high, it's also a hell of a climb up so many steps and slopes I had to take a few rests (less than I might have if I was on my own, but I was with 2 early 20's boys and didn't want to look like an idiot, despite excuses coming left right and centre for a break on the way up - I was trying to make light of 'ohhh, I'm soo unfit' and 'this is what 10 years behind a desk does boys' and 'I used to be so fit and sporty at school! What happened!'. I did push myself and it was hard work and painful and I felt quite sick with the exertion, but I did it and it was worth the climb. I sat there for quite some time with Jason talking and just absorbing the view of the island before we headed back down all the slopes and steps. I know it was hard work because even after we had sat for about half an hour at the top before coming down, my legs were trembling and shaking like jelly when we reached the bottom. I needed a lengthier sit down and a sugar hit.
When my legs stopped feeling like they would collapse at any moment I went for a wander on my own, first to the beach where I threw myself in (oh yes, I'd climbed this hill in my swimming costume and clothes so that didn't help me as I was extra hot.) then I walked around more of the streets allowing myself to look at the items for sale. I ended up buying myself another pair of shorts. I've lived in 2 pairs all year, and the green ones are so faded and miscoloured now that they don't even resemble the legs anymore. I just felt like I needed something new. So I have some camouflage coloured ones with lots of zippy pockets - so they can get as miscoloured and dirty as they like without showing, and I can keep useful items like toilet paper and my phone and wallet all now an safely zipped into a secure place. Really should have bought them sooner. I think after 9 months in the same shirts and shorts I did just reach the end of my fashion tether!