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Leeches – They Really Suck

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“Leeches,” calmly said Ian, the manager at our lodge in Khao Sok, Thailand, in reference to hiking at the nearby park. “Bring DEET to get them off.”

“No problem,” I thought. “If I stay out of the swimming holes, I’ll be fine.” I figured they would be at least six inches long so easy to spot and avoid.

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Friendly park wildlife

My friend, Sabrina, and I had come to Khao Sok because the lodge we picked was within walking distance from a national park full of waterfalls and wildlife. We’d wanted to hike in Thailand for weeks now but hadn’t found an easy way to get to places without paying for a tour or renting a motorbike.

So after breakfast and a pep/prep talk by Ian, we set out to hike in Khao Sok National Park. I was counting on some dips in waterfalls and careful immersion in the swimming holes so wore water booties, shorts, and a shirt over a swim suit.

We had a map of all of the waterfalls and swimming holes, and the farthest was about 7 kilometers (a bit over 4 miles) so seemed like an easy afternoon walk.

It had rained most of the night before so we walked through some mud and puddles while enjoying the shade of the trees. The scenery was very much as claimed, like something out of Avatar, with vines and tall canopies of trees amidst the strange calls of critters of maybe birds, insects, or larger animals. The signs claimed there even said there was wild elephants and tigers in this park!

About half an hour into our hike, Sabrina happened to look down at the crocs she was wearing and saw a little wiggly worm hanging off of her pants above the shoe. Yelling “leech!,” she knocked it off. Then we stared in horror at the culprit bouncing around on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Dig the Avatar dragons

Avatar_poster_smudgeThis dragon managed to find an IMAX theater big enough to squeeze into to see the movie Avatar. (Finding dragon-sized glasses was a bit more challenging though!)

Had heard there were awesome dragons in the movie and boy, were they the coolest. Without them the battle between the native N’avi and the mean old imperialist, materalistic “civilized” people would have been lost!

Reminded me of how the early Americans treated the American Indians and the current treatment of Tibetans by the Chinese.

Also, the spiritual beliefs of the N’avi somewhat echoed some of the tenets in Taoism and Buddhism.

  • Taoism’s central principle is that all life, all manifestation, is part of an inseparable whole, an interconnected organic unity which arises from a deep, mysterious, and essentially unexplainable source which is the Tao itself.
  • Buddhist teacher Dharma Daishi shared Buddhism through incredibly rigorous physical lessons that taught people the necessary discipline required for the true Hindu meditative journey to Moksha, or release from earthly bondage, otherwise known as Nirvana.
    Buddhism also believes the a self is not subject to birth and death.

What a great reminder to us all that we are all part of the same energy (dragons and people alike!) and presented in such an entertaining way!

And I really loved the “I see you” used by the N’avi, very much like the “Namaste” said after a yoga class! (Namaste roughly translates to “I bow to you” or more poetically “The light within me honors the light within you” or “I bow to the divine in you.

But the coolest thing of all is still how the big dragon saved the day!

What was your favorite part of this movie?