I absolutely love the water, and if it is water falling over rocks, I am in heaven. So, most any trip I take, waterfalls are on the top of the list of places to go. And there are some real gems hiding deep in the jungles of Phuket.
After our initial trip to Kathu Falls, the rest of FUBU had little interest in adventure treks. So Kevin and I set out to see several other locations we had mapped out, just the two of us. What we found far exceeded our expectations. These places were incredible. One was actually a wildlife conservation area, and hiking there was magical.
A landscaping cascade greeted you at the entrance, and from then on you were surrounded by moving water. It seemed to flow from every direction. Paths meandered through the jungle, criss-crossing through the dense foliage, always opening to a new set of falls.
We hiked for hours, never finding an end to the wandering water. Instead, the jungle swallowed the path. A huge tree, the kind pictured above, who’s roots alone tower over your head, had fallen blocking our passage. I tried to carry on by climbing onto the trunk and monkeying my way through the bamboo, but they turned out to be less strong than Rush Hour 2 would suggest. The shoot I was hand over handing snapped, and sent me crashing through the canopy. Time moved in slow motion as I fell, first feeling the soft embrace of the thicket below. “Yes, I am saved”, the thought ran through my mind, as my fall was slowed by the mass of greenery. Then I was greeted by the rocks that lurked in the darkness on the jungle floor. Luckily my silly stunt only wound up in a busted elbow and bruised back. I’d like to say that I’ve learned my lesson, and for the day I did. But we all know, the next time a similar situation shows itself, I’ll roll the dice once again.
This time around, I counted my lucky stars and settled for a photo shoot at the last pool we came to. I set the camera up on a timer so that both Kevin and I could be in a photo together. Of course a normal pose isn’t enough for me, so I thought I would race the ten second timer to mount a rock and find a cross legged position. Luckily, in that situation, the camera takes three photos in three second intervals. As you can see the first shutter didn’t do me any favors.
Still, I managed to recover by the third and final snap, with a little laugh in between. I could have just left out the photos that made me look silly, but what fun would that be. I did, after all, pull it off in the end. And Kevin’s genuine smile, knowing what had just transpired, is priceless.