Coming to you 'live' from downtown Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a morning of doggie drama, and a routine road trip we are settled in our temporary digs.
A lot of you seem to be in a 'Zany Day' mood based on the responses I got. They don't make hit songs like they used to (555). "Well, he came down to earth and he lit in a tree, I said 'Mr. __ __ __, don't eat me.' I heard him say in a voice so gruff, 'I wouldn't eat you cuz you're so tough. It was a one-eyed, one-horned flyin' __ __ __...." Hint: This verse is very relevant to the whole title. The thing is hungry and, like before, there's a color involved.
Things were going well this morning until BamBam decided to investigate one of the drain holes in the front yard. She dropped her ball and it rolled into the hole. This sent her into a frenzy. First she was looking at the hole, then at me, and then franticly digging. Not cool in any way. We finally had to put her in the pen while I tried to retrieve the ball. I knew, from past encounters, that I would have to go into the corn field next to us. I put on my rain boots and carefully made my way down the slope into the muddy field. Armed with a long bamboo pole I tried to push the ball into our yard. After many tries with the pole, and a snake (the wire kind) I decided to poke the ball like playing pool. That did the trick, but after having spent about 30 minutes at this, I was ready to go back to bed. BamBam was reunited with her ball and play time was over.
By the time we finally got on the road to Chiang Mai, the traffic was light and the road was pretty clear. There are so many things to see on this stretch of road. It ranges from vast rice fields to mountain passes covered with jungle, and roadside vendors all selling the same fruit (whatever is in season). In between the landscapes there are communities that range from small villages to growing towns. Over the years we have watched some of these towns evolve and it's fascinating. There is a giant Buddha that we had to stop and photograph. We don't know anything about it except that it's very big and it looks like it's concrete.
After an hour on the road, we coincidentally arrived at Charin Gardens just in time for lunch. This is the resort/restaurant that makes every kind of pie you could imagine. We had lunch and pie. There were lots of 'visitors' there today; many with Thai guides. For those who don't want to travel with a large group the answer is to go with your own personal guide. That way you can spend as much time on whatever you want.
Our hotel is right on the Night Bazaar 'strip'. At the front desk we got a nice surprise when they upgraded our room to a 'Junior Suite'. It will do just fine for two nights.
Tonight is Halloween for the many expats living in this big city. In an online newspaper I saw a list of the places doing special things and it was a very long list. Mostly bars and restaurants having costumed drinking parties. Hmm.
Have a Thrilling Thursday.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."