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Moonlight Sonata

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Sitting on a computer at my guest house, watching ESPN’s gamecast of the Civil War (football game between Oregon State University and Oregon), and wating for my ride out to the island, I figured I could write some things. The outcome should be decided before I finish typing, so there may be some random outbursts. Here is my take on the events of the past 3 days, or is it 4: (USB not working, pics will be added later)

Tuesday: Started with some fun on the rocks. There were huge boulders strewn atop a point, which provided Dan and I with some tests of our manhood. (Come on, protect the quarterback!)

The boulder was blocking our view, so I moved it.

The boulder was blocking our view, so I moved it.

Great views of our resort and neighboring coves.

The cove, with our place on the right

The cove, with our place on the right

We were able to get a quick swim in when we got back, until the rain started. A little bit of a downer, but still relaxing.

Wednesday: With our sights set on getting the full Thailand island experience, we hoped a boat to Koh Phangan for some lunar event. Hat Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach) was the best I had seen yet. A beautiful, flat sandy beach with waves to frolic in. (D-fence!, D-fence!) Many, many tourist walk the streets in this small town, with anticipation in the air for the nights festivities.

Every time the night light in the sky reaches it’s most circular shape, a shindig is thrown. The “Full Moon Party” can pack in crowds as big as 30,000 and covers nearly the entire beach. (Oregon cheated!) We decided to see what all of the fuss is about, and adorned our bodies with the appropriate accessories. Namely neon paint, necklaces, and wristbands. I went with an Orange and Black theme as you will see when I post a picture in the space below:

Striking a pose

Striking a pose

and another

and another

Booths selling buckets full of a Redbull, liquor, and soda mixture, line the beach aggressively trying to get you business. Bars have huge speakers to blast the latest in dance music and fire twirlers to get your attention. Dan and I made a failed attempt to get into fire jump rope action, but no scars to prove it. We mostly cruised up and down the beach, occasionally stopping when the music compelled us to express ourselves through body movement.

Us

Us

The scene was safer and cleaner than I expected, music was decent, and drinks were dirt cheap. Food stalls were widely available to satisfy cravings, although I still felt the need to stop and get a cheeseburger at 3am on the way home.

Thursday: The day after the revelry, we parted ways: I set sail to the mainland and the Andaman Coast, and SalazMeyer caught a flight back to Bangkok for their journey home. It is sad to split after an enjoyable 6 days, but I am excited to get back to my solo adventures. I would not have wanted to do these sites and events by myself and needed the socializing. After arrriving in Krabi around 8pm, I crashed.

My next destination is Koh Lanta, with a goal of sun, beaches, and quiet reading on my bungalow porch. The mini-van ride is almost here, so I will leave you with these last words: The Ducks got lucky!