We started out the day with a recommended fruit salad from the guesthouse.
I liked it :)
One of the roads we traveled on
A leaf that Thai people use to make houses
We went hiking through the forests.
This was our Karen tour guide.
We started out the day in winter-ish clothes.
Jess and I ready to go!
This tree released some white liquid. I don't remember much about this now,
but it had some medicinal properties :)
Well, if it was the right season.
A mere half an hour later, we began stripping haha
The tour guide whittling away at bamboo.
Where people set up camp to hunt :(
A gnarled and cool tree :)
The fallen trees sometimes add to the scenery!
Mushrooms! These ones looked so pretty :)
More ginger from flowers
I was sweating like crazy! (I don't think you can see it in this picture, but 'twas true.)
We stopped for lunch (thank goodness because I was starving).
I haven't exercised in a while haha
Our tour guide had carved this out of bamboo to heat tea!
We had fried rice. Never has been my favorite :(
And tea in our brand new bamboo cups!
Pouring more tea for us
Our English speaking Thai tour guide
Isn't that cute? There's even a spot to put your nose!
I have this weird problem. I love smelling the fresh bamboo.
Pouring more tea for the greedy Jen.
Whittling away at more things...
We climbed up really high, almost to the point where I was breathless from
so much exertion. :(
I could look down and see part of the valleys and look up at the mountains too.
They were waiting for me to finish applying mosquito repellant. I kept getting bitten.
Ready for more? (No, not really.)
As we reached one of the Karen people villages, we saw banana trees.
I was glad to finally "reach land" because I was very unsteady in
the mountains. I was ready to slip off like every few minutes
:( It was quite scary for a clumsy-footed gal like me!
We had to cross a slightly scary bridge.
Don't fall in! (I didn't, but I had to tell myself that with every step I took.)
The river on one side of the bridge.
The river on the other side.
Dare to cross that again? :D
Some of the houses in the village.
Roosters and hens everywhere!
Tempting a dog with my fresh banana :D
A house in the village
Yummy, fresh fruit :)
When we got back, I Skyped with Ness <3
Happy New Year's Eve!
The view during the day of the lake
I tried this dessert.
We went to a restaurant called Salween Restaurant
across the street from our guest house.
I was craving fries :D
We had vegetarian puffs.
I had this one Burmese dish... pretty tasty!
Other pictures in the village:
This doggy took it upon himself to lead us around the village.
Can you imagine living in a place like this, in which you wake up,
stretch, look outside, and see green and mountains all the time?
Okay, goodbye for now! :)
Our Karen village tour guide ended up giving us a bamboo cup
and spoon because in their culture, the greatest gifts are food
and drink... and what better than the tools for more of that? :)