About Us

We are a married couple who will be retiring in 2014 and moving to Thailand to experience life in another culture and experience adventures we could have only dreamed of a few years ago.

You are welcome to join us on our adventures through this blog. We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Trying To Save A Capsized Fishing Boat

At Khao Takiab Beach there is a small inlet to the fishing village.  We watch the boats come and go early in the morning and as the sun is going down.  We took pictures of a boat anchored outside of the inlet just off the shore.   The next morning we noticed the same boat had capsized overnight due to large swells.  The pictures below shows the struggle and different ways the fishermen tried to salvage their livelihood.

The day before the capsize.

Day One
Several boats came to help and they tied a heavy rope to try and pull the boat upright.....with no success.  They also tied barrels to the sides, also with no luck. There was a lot of pointing and yelling and looks of helplessness.

 They tried pumping the water out.

Some of the barrels broke free and these men were helping bring them to shore.

 The crew of a different fishing boat that tried to help earlier,

 Onlookers from the village.
Day Two
They tried using a pulley, winch and brute force to right the boat with a rope tied to a large boulder on the bank of the hill.   It didn't last long and we watched the boat tip over again as we walked home. This is heartbreaking.

 This is the non-result of their back breaking work.
Day Three
The anchor rope broke and the boat turned during the night.  There was no sign of anyone on the boat throughout the day and early evening.  It appears that they have stripped the rigging.

Day Four
Still no sign of anyone working to save the boat.

Day 5 and 6 
No work on the ghost ship

Day 7
The super structure at the back of the boat broke off during the night of rough waves.

Day 8
Watching as they remove what little fuel and items are left.

Day 9
We see daylight

Parts stuck in the sea floor and the remaining salvage.

Day 10
It was rough again overnight.  Probably because it was gutted and broken it managed to wash up next to the seawall.
High tide

 Low tide

Day 11
We wanted to see this through to the end, but we were hoping for a different outcome.  There is construction going on at the breakwater that we are documenting.  I guess they asked the track-hoe operator to help. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our Khao Tao Adventure

It was a relatively cool day so we headed to the beach for a walk.  Little did we know we would end up walking 10 kilometers to the village of Khao Tao.  There are many things to see and we had a great time.

                                          A very creative way to make art from beach trash

Looking back toward our condo

 After a leisurely 3 hour walk we found a seaside restaurant at the end of the beach and had an ice coffee, Isaan Laab Moo and Khao Pad Gai

 After our late lunch we decided we couldn't make it home by the beach and then saw these dark storm clouds quickly rolling in.  We didn't know where we could find a taxi and needed to find shelter fast!

We found a covered bus stop. We started out sitting down on the bench but very quickly stood on the bench as the water was raising in the street and cars were driving by quickly and splashing  water on the sidewalk.  We waited out the storm in the company of a small bird after which we found a coffee shop and asked where we could find a taxi.  He said to walk into the village and maybe we would find one at 7-11.  The nice man at the coffee shop gave us plastic bags to put our cameras in!

So we headed the direction we had just come from and luckily we saw a taxi and waved him over. He had a fare and said he would be right back.  As we drove to the village we realized we were nearly a mile away from 7-11.   It took us 10 minutes by car to get home!   We had a great day and laughed at being stuck in the rain.