At the end of my time serving in Thailand I took a longtail boat out to Railay Beach in the southern Thailand for a couple of days. I watched the sunset each night, slept in the heat, and took a tourist packed boat out to picture perfect sandy white beaches and turquoise waters.
While I was there I had one of the most amazing days of my life to date. Spontaneously I hiked through a jungle past monkeys and up sketchy ropes to swim in a secluded salt water lagoon that was surrounded by vine covered cliffs. The lagoon is only swimmable at high tide and I happened to arrive at the right time. Looking upward the sky resembled an eye and I floated around while chatting with fellow hikers from Colorado, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Toronto, and England. We joked that there was a small international summit in the middle of a Thailand jungle. It was truly one of those “I’ll never forget it ever” moments.
Lessons learned: be brave, take chances, and always remember that adventure is out there.
(iPhone mixed in with the Nikon deluxe)