Days left in Singapore: 2
Days left until arrival in the Queen City: 9
And a good evening to you from across the globe after another GREAT DAY in the Lion City. Team Taylor took the day off from working out today, but I have no complaints, as we've always known that the next couple of weeks would be a shooting gallery in terms of fitness vs. calories/carbs/fat grams. My money is on the calories, carbs, and fat grams, but hey - that's what New Year's resolutions are for, right?
|All I can say is that I'm glad I was wandering around in the|
world's safest city with this cash - the thought of it still
makes me sweat. On second thought, Come oooooon, 11!
We had a team "end of year farewell" about 5:30, at which point the Bull did what he typically does when his time ends somewhere - compose and recite a poem. This one was much shorter, used ZERO foul language, and made no disparaging remarks about anyone (unlike the usual Transition ditties), but I was proud of it and think that it went very well. It was then over to Brotzeit for a pair of farewell pints with Emma, who's off to K-L tomorrow for Christmas (nothing says "let's celebrate the birth of baby Jesus" like spending a week in a Muslim country. Then again, as Team Taylor is hitting the craps tables in Macau for Christmas, I guess it's all relative...).
But enough of that - it's time to make good on the promise I made to you all eons ago and slay the dragon that is Railay. And so, ladies and gentlemen, let's return to East Railay on a Sunday morning, as we talk you through the experience that was the Deep Water Solo (DWS).
So here's the deal, Jenny had been desperate to do one of these since her visit to Railay back in October, and I had NO IDEA what I was in for. However, I was game to try anything once, and since it was already booked, I was game for the day and DETERMINED to make a better showing than my rock climbing experience. Oh, sooooooo naive...so, so naive.
We showed up on Tonsai Beach (the "other" beach in Railay, which is only about 250 meters from West Railay but requires a long tail due to the tides and rocks) about 9 AM and walked up to "Wee's Climbing School," the tour operators for the day. We started meeting the other folks, including a guy named Eric who's one of the pilots for Discovery's "Flying Wild Alaska" (he and his sister Katie were really cool cats, by the way). We also met our guide, another little pygmy climber named Tun (not to be confused with the rock climbing dude - Tu).
|The X chromosome half of Team Taylor relaxing before|
the start of the day's deep water solo.
Let me tell you what was important for Tun - SMOKING WEED. Seriously - the driver pulls up in the boat, hops out, and starts walking toward shore with his dry bag. All the folks on the tour start walking toward the boat, but the driver waves us off. He then proceeds to roll a joint, climb under this blanket contraption with our guide, and START SMOKING THE WEED OUT. I mean seriously? SERIOUSLY? They popped up 5 minutes later high as kites. THESE are the people taking us to scale cliffs?
|Check out the white shirt in the center of the picture. THAT'S MUFFIN!!!|
|Now let's play "where's Jenny?" in the photo. Can you see the teeny little bullet torpedoing toward the water? FEARLESS I TELL YA!!!!!!!|
|Rope ladders - no problem for the Striker. She laughs in |
the face of sheer cliffs, high winds, and choppy seas...
After about an hour on that rock, we wandered over into a little cove, where we swam, wandered through some caves, watched folks try bouldering. And whilst everyone found bouldering impossible, our guide was able to hang upside down using ONLY HIS FINGERS AND BIG TOES. I mean, it helps when you're high as a kite and weigh only 40 pounds, but still...
|These guys are about 50 feet up. the guy in the center was|
the one from our group who went about 100 feet up - AMAZING.
|Tun in a rare "non-weed smoking" moment - teetering on|
the edge of a cliff. I think I'll stick with project plans for a living.
|"Sawadee ka....it's a beautiful day..."|
Team Taylor called it a night about 11:30, as we were EXHAUSTED and ready to return to civilization. Despite all the hiccups, this place was AMAZING and really should be a MUST DO for anybody with an adventurous spirit or who loves rock climbing. It was just BEAUTIFUL - stunning scenery, bountiful activities, and some great food (oh, and REALLY cheap :-)).
|Picture of "forbidden activities" in the van for our |
transfer back to to the airport: no guns, no dogs, and absolutely
NO KAMA SUTRA IN THE BACK SEAT. I mean, WTF???
Sam and Jenny