Khao Sok is Paradise

Finally relaxing after a busy first week in Thailand

I have been in Thailand for almost two weeks now on my five month trip around Southeast Asia.  When I finished my roughly thirty hours of travel from home,  I thought it would be a good idea to recover a little while in Bangkok.  Little did I know, Bangkok isn’t the best place to relax.  So i I spent a nice four days stressing out in one of the world’s busiest cities!

 

Ratchada Night Market

I was immediately relieved when I arrived in Phuket (pronounced “Poo-ket”, as with most Thai words, the “h” is silent), Thailand’s largest island.  After a $22 plane flight—in which they gave me the Emergency Exit seating and a window seat—I could immediately notice the incessant hum of the city was gone! I arrived at my pleasant and peaceful hostel, then rushed to the beach to catch the last of the sunset.

A relaxing view from Sirinat National Park’s beautiful beach

Unfortunately, I only spent one night in Phuket before heading to Khao Sok National Park.  There, I booked a private bungalow right outside the National Park Headquarters for a whopping $7 per night! That evening, I made some new tourist friends, and we decided to book a tour the next day to visit Cheow Lan Lake.  Known for its massive limestone cliffs that jut out of the lake, Cheow Lan Lake was a once in a lifetime adventure.  But after about a weeks worth of travel and stress—and a busted toenail from misstepping as I was jumping into Cheow Lan Lake—I had about as much as I could handle for a bit.

Cheow Lan Lake has sights aplenty 

So now, I have accomplished a glorious nothing for the past week.  Just slept in, relaxed in my hammock,  watched the macaques play and eaten out  of the fig tree behind my bungalow, and eaten out every meal—while still spending less than $7 a day on food.  With five months of travel I’ll have to remember how good it is to relax sometimes.   Next stop/s, islands hopping around Thailand’s beaches!

The macaques like to eat from the fig tree behind my bungalow

Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being.

Donald Curtis
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Adventures, Past and Future

So this is me:

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Hiking Angels Landing, Zion National Park, April 2016

I have many wonderful adventures to come, but I think I would like to start with where I came from. I was brought up in the backwoods of Tennessee in a town with more cows than people and where not too many people venture very far from home. I wanted to. I wanted to travel the world. I didn’t grow up with a whole lot, but we always seemed to make do. My brothers and I all received full scholarships to college and made it out of our small town. In college, I was able to travel for a month in Ecuador taking a tropical Botany course. The day after I graduated college I was in Ireland, where I backpacked solo for a month, then visited London, Rome, and Barcelona. I have lived out of my car while visiting most of the National Parks and National Forests in the US. Most recently, I finished a solo thru hike of the Appalachian Trail Southbound. I have always called the mountains of Tennessee home, but that has never stopped me from exploring the world.

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Ballycarbery Castle, Ireland, June 2014

These are just a few of the trips I have sent myself on, and I should have time to go into more detail about them as time progresses. My next adventure awaits, though, as I will be leaving November 29th to Backpack Southeast Asia for 5 months.

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The Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest, April 2018

I will semi-regularly blogging about my journey, my life, how I afford this lifestyle, my vegi diet, my gear, and how I found my inner happy. My Youtube contains daily videos of my Appalachian Trail thru hike as well as gear reviews. My Instagram contains radom life updates as well as a couple of pretty pictures I took. Links to both can be found at the top of the page. Hope you will follow along with what is to come!

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Before and After the Appalachian Trail, 2017

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust