All the days have blended together so I am trying my best to get a few minutes here and there on the computer to update. It’s about 8:00 P.M. here and I am already ready for bed after a long and adventurous day. First I will backtrack to yesterday. Yesterday I woke up a little earlier to get some beach time by myself. I love traveling with the group, but it was nice to get some alone time. As I relaxed on the beach I watched a few people go parasailing and I decided that it was something I had to do before I left. Unfortunately most of my friends are running low on cash and weren’t really up to it so I ended up going by myself, but it was amazing! It was much cheaper than parasailing in the Caribbean so the cost was no problem. I was driven by one of the natives to a small speed boat, which was then filled up with 6 more natives that were in charge of getting me strapped into my gear. So yes I was alone with about six strange men, but since I was twice the size of each of them I wasn’t that terrified. Southeastern Asian men are pretty small. They strap me into the parachute and yell , “1,2, run okay?” So I say, “1, 2, and then I run?” Then I start panicking and think, “What if I can’t run fast enough? or What if I don’t run at the right time? I am not good at these things…. but before I could think anymore they yelled, “1. 2….” and I took a step forward and was launched hundreds of feet into the air. I don’t know exactly how high I got, but it was high enough to have a great view of the coast and the open ocean. It was pretty windy that day so I was getting blown around quite a bit. For me, it’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to flying. The speed boat carried me around for about 10 minutes and then I started to wonder about how exactly I would land and I felt a little nervous. But no worries. I made a smooth landing and as quickly as I was strapped up I was on my way back to meet my friends. I felt such a rush of excitement and freedom. Amazing.
Today was the big snorkeling trip. My friends and I signed up to go on a day-long snorkeling tour that goes to four islands. We left the hostel around 830 A.M. and went for a 2 hour boat ride to some islands surrounded by coral reef. With goggles and snorkel strapped on I was ready to go. As I started swimming I realized that I forgot how tiring swimming actually was. Thankfully I swam a lot as a kid so it was like riding a bike again, but I knew I would sleep well that night. We snorkeled around four small islands and I even kayaked for a bit too. The water wasn’t too deep, probably about 10-12 feet at the deepest. We saw some amazing fish though. We saw bright colored fish, schools of fish, starfish, sea cucumbers, and even an eel. The sad part was that there is a lot of dead coral and the little bit that is left around the island will eventually be destroyed from the boats and people touching it. I snorkeled for probably a total of 3 hours straight. Its so peaceful swimming in the water surrounded by fish. They don’t bother you. They just swim around you like you’re one of them. It was also a relief not to have any scary sharks or octopus lurking around. I don’t think I could ever do any scuba diving but a little light snorkeling is pretty nice. It was nice to experience Thailand from high in the sky and in the depths of the ocean. Only one more full day left….but I have to say that we have done our best to make the most of this vacation so I can leave here with no regrets 🙂