2010-06-22 -- Krabi

We were supposed to take a boat tour to some of the other islands, go snorkeling, eat lunch, maybe a little hiking, etc, etc....except we're here in rainy season, and it rained in the morning, rained in the afternoon, and probably will rain tonight (for once, I wrote this on the day of, not nine days later; but I never posted it, and am no editing it nine days later, which explains why it was slow to post, not that anyone reading it would have noticed that, or even care).

Instead, half of us took a Thai cooking class. This was my first cooking class. We made four dishes, two I can't remember (deep fried mush with diced shrimps, and a papaya and carrot salad), pad thai, and massaman chicken curry. The deep fried mush was fun to make: a bit of slicing, dicing, mixing and then scooping out goopy stuff, making balls and tossing them into a vat of hot oil. We then ate them. It wasn't much of a class though; all the prep work was done, we got a quick overview of the ingredients, never heard how much was used (dump in half of that bowl, one egg, etc), and weren't guided much at all on how long to cook things. So, I'll call it a "cook your own lunch diversion". Fun regardless.

After that, Lyle and Jeffrey went climbing. I went back to the room to get the camera gear, expecting to take some climbing shots, then wander down the beach to 'town'. By the time I got back to the climbing spot, the sky opened up with a massive downpour, and I didn't get very far. I did wander down the other beach a bit, saw the offerings fisherman give to the goddess -- which anymore is a large collection of phallic objects, maybe that's what it started off as, maybe not. I didn't take a picture, boring and tough to frame into an interesting photo.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800
At the cooking class. I'm fishing out the deep fried mush; Renee is pointing out ones that are done (or not done enough) and Tish is getting drain the finished ones. Team work!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
During the down pour, I was stuck in the lobby. The seating area in the lobby is separated by a set of eight (?) columns, each intricately carved, mostly with scenes of monkeys (there are two species of wild monkeys on the island, and one outlier monkey).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 10 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 13 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 13 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 82.0 mm; 30 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 10 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 30 sec, f/22.6, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 85.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
Jeffrey on his first (or maybe second) climb.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
Success! Jeffrey at the top of his climb. Stupidly, I had image stabilization turned off (because I was using a tripod on the column pictures earlier) and none of these pictures is very sharp.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
After the climb, after rapelling down, Jeffrey performs a celebratory hang. IS still off, sigh.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/7.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
The rocks on Railay are amazing. Limestone that melts then solidifies, leaving an incredibly rough surface with lots of little holes and gaps. The offerings to the goddess are in the cave on the lower left.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
Not an illusion, the stalagtite (mite?) in the middle really isn't touching anything.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 82.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
At low tide, there is a stone bridge that one can walk to this island. Not sure what can be done here, since I was never here at low tide.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
My journey around the "other beach" ended (as do most beaches) with a gigantic block of stone.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 0.6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
Dinner was a selection of grilled meats (and some vegetables) at the Cove.



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