Railay Beach day 3 started off alright. After brekkie we headed over to Railay West and saw that the water was way out so we decided to check out Ton Sai Beach.
Tons of sand crabbies
We noticed some people were not using the path, but walking on the jaggy rocks since the tide was so low so we went to check that out
Raymond had gone ahead a bit and said it wasn't really easy to get through so we turned back
So we went up the normal path and oh my goodness. I was dying. It wasn't particularly hard or long, but it was so humid so it was really slow going. We got to Ton Sai and it was pretty enough
But the water wasn't very deep and it was really dirty so I didn't really want to swim in it (even though I definitely could have used the cool down in the water). We didn't stay long and just headed back to Railay West right away to swim!
Much nicer! There weren't very many people out and about yet (we had taken some beach towels the night prior so we wouldn't have to wait for them to be stocked in the morning) so it was almost like a private beach.
See with the hand? I don't know why I do that
So much swimming! We swam for a few hours until we got hungry. Raymond kept saying "watch out!" while we were in the water and I was just like dude - you need to stop that! Seriously it stresses me out just being in the water without you freaking me out that something is in there and going to touch me! This was definitely the best place to go swimming in Railay for me. I didn't see any fish, no jellyfish, nothing but clear water for me to swim around in.
So many sand crabs
And lazing on the beach for a bit when we got out to get some water
A really big sand crab
And another dip before lunch
We went back to that same resort restaurant for lunch. The guy even remembered our order. I guess we went there too many times.
Lovely view for lunch
Then it was back to the pool by our room for an afternoon swim. There were so many people there when we got there, only one chair was free, but everyone left as soon as we got in the water. Odd.
We swam a bit until it suddenly turned really stormy. It started pouring and thunder and such so we headed back to the room to sit on the balcony and watch/listen. The rain was so loud! It was crazy how hard it was raining.
During a break in the rain we walked back to Mom's Place for dinner and it was just as delicious. It started pouring again right as we got to the restaurant so it was perfect timing. There was a weird vibe though. First the people sitting at a table next to us were not at all happy with the speed of service so they just left before their food got there. Then this one couple kept switching tables as people at the table next to wherever they were sitting kept smoking (I couldn't even smell the smoke so I am not sure why they had to keep moving). Then there was a cat that got up into the rafters and was crying and crying and crying and wouldn't come down. Then I saw someone point to my right and I looked over and there was a guy who almost got into a fight with a Thai guy. There were two Thai guys, one in back who looked super angry, and one closer to the non-Thai guy who seemed like he was really drunk. It looked like they were going to fight when the non-Thai guy suddenly jetted out of the shop and into the restaurant and sat down and ate his dinner like nothing happened. So he almost got into a fight over something, but not bad enough that he had to leave the area. Odd. I was just like what is happening? This is so strange! Oh and there were three people sitting at a table over to my right. A small black kitten had climbed up onto the girls lap and she was just sitting there like she didn't know what to do. She wasn't petting it or anything, she had her hands down under her legs, but it just settled in. It looked like they wanted to leave, but didn't know how to get the cat off her lap. The guy tried to nudge it a few times to get it to jump off, but of course that did nothing. Finally the waitress asked if she wanted her to get the kitten off her lap and they said yes so the waitress grabbed it by the scruff on its neck, then cradled it and carried it over to the sidewalk and all of the people at the table just started freaking out. Like what are you doing?!?! You are going to hurt it?!? Apparently they have absolutely no experience with cats. It was so strange. But things settled down and we ate our food and were happy. And another relaxing swimming day completed.
So Phillip and Dana were gracious enough to take us to the border on Friday afternoon and we started hiking! It has been amazing and fun and we have been meeting a lot of very nice people all over the place. On the second day we had this awful hike up a canyon that was just soooo hot and bleh and when we got to the top we met some people out day hiking who gave us ice water! It was amazing!! Anyways we cannot upload the audio or photos at the library here in Julian, so hopefully in Warner Springs we can get them up. The first days were really hot, but yesterday was freezing! We were very glad we had all of our gear with us as in the morning it was soooo cold and windy we had our hats and gloves and jackets and long underwear on. It was crazy how windy it was....literally blowing me over on the trail. I was glad I had my hiking poles as without them I am sure I would have fallen numerous times just due to the wind. We have been hiking pretty far the last 2 days, 15-16 miles each da
Getting to Railay Beach from Bangkok kind of takes forever. We had taken the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thai where we had to switch to a bus to take us to Krabi. I slept much better on the train that night. I had put in my earplugs and only woke up a few times. It was great. I woke up around 6 and was ready to go. Raymond was just like you are so wakey! I was just like yeah - I actually slept! So I was all refreshed and ready to go. We had picked up some banana muffins in Bangkok for breakfast, as well as leftovers from our feast the night before, and the muffins were delicious! We should have gotten more of them than we did. So we got to Surat Thani and had to switch to a bus like I said. It was a bit confusing where we should go and what was going on, but we got on the bus and it took us into Surat Thani Town. That bus was really nice so I thought the trip to Krabi would be great. Only we had to wait a bit and switch buses and the new bus, the one that took us
Last year was the roller derby world cup in Manchester! I love roller derby world cup! I love watching all the teams from all over the world and seeing how they have improved and oh it is so much fun!! Last year there were 38 teams! It was awesome. We got into Manchester at lunchtime and had a crazy big lunch at Mod's Vegan Cafe at the Thirsty Scholar which was delicious! Vegan English breakfast, a burger with fries and onion rings It was rainy so we didn't wander around much, but I made Raymond go out in the afternoon to check out The John Rylands Library which was super cool. And so many super old books! It is really the only sightseeing we did while in Manchester as we had so much derby to watch! Dinner at V Rev - soup, mac and cheese, and fired seitan plate - delicious! Waiting to get into roller derby - the line was sooooooo long! I should have printed off our tickets, but I forgot. It took over an hour to