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MOM Dragon

This is a small, delightful detail at the temple at the top of Doi Suthep.


What I don't have is a photo (or set of photos) that illustrates how long it took us to GET to the top of Doi Suthep and enjoy little details like this. I like hiking, but I like to be prepared and realistic. I won't point fingers, but someone on our expedition underestimated how long this would take. This took hours. In extreme heat. We had about a bottle of water and one small bag of salty dried papaya between us, and several pages of printed-off-in-the-US-back-when-we-were-innocently-planning-the-trip paper wherein some hiking enthusiast outlined—very poorly, we determined as we tried to follow them—a "trail" that was literally off the beaten path, and not in a good way. There were beautiful sights along the way, but there were also wild dogs. And confused wrong turns. And, for awhile, a voice in my head echoing the phrase "a test to their young marriage."


Anyway, we made it and walked around separately and I communed with this dragon for awhile and then we got noodles on the side of the road and then we got a RIDE back to town and then we got extremely large sugary smoothies and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. But I would do it a little differently if we could do it over again. I just felt a little too much like this dragon for my liking.


Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Taken on October 27, 2013