I slept in a McDonalds today for the price of a tea (10 Canadian cents…). Straight up hobo styles. You missed some things, let me catch you up.
I was in Malaysia flip flopping around like a fish. I saw some cool things, freshwater dolphins, crocodiles, monkeys.
Saw some really cool caves. One had the largest cave opening in the world. Yeah, that’s a thing. What they don’t tell you are lots of bats live there so the ground had a bed of bat poop on it, which had a blanket of cockroaches crawling around on top.
Went to another neat cave that had weird formations and then got to watch around 3 million bats fly out at dusk.
Went further into the jungle and signed up to climb another mountain, how hard could it be after that last one I did right?
Guide: you need to get to the first check point within an hour, or I send you back down.
Guide: you need to get to the second checkpoint within the next 45 minutes….
Guide: the next checkpoint within the next hour.
Me:… how many check points are there??
Guide: the entire climb is vertical, but it gets really challenging in the last two hours.
Me: … uh
Guide: about half the people who attempt this climb don’t make it.
So I’m going up this mountain, while the guide just takes off and waits at each check point, not very confident that I was going to make it to even the first checkpoint, screaming R Kelly’s “Worlds Greatest” on repeat in my head, my heart feeling like it was just going to burst. The first hour I was convinced I was going to die. The second got a little easier and by the third hour I was pretty sure R Kelly actually wrote that song for me. At the top were ragged points made out of limestone and these cute little animals that I fed apple to. There were bees at the camp I stayed at that were attracted to sweat. I was super popular with the bees when I got to the bottom of the mountain...
There were a couple of these at the bottom, this is the tallest flower in the world.
The next day we walked the Head Hunters Trail. A 11.4 km trek thru the jungle. I was alone for most of it, but I hardly noticed. I just walked thru it taking photos of all the cool bridges I had to cross.
On a whim I decided to fly to Thailand and spend a night in Ko Phi Phi. What I didn’t realize was it was Thai New Years. They celebrate with a countrywide water gun fight. I stepped off the boat onto Ko Phi Phi and was drenched within seconds. They also throw this powder on you, it burns. Especially in the eyes.
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