Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Scenes from a moving car

We've been back in Bangkok a week and are still getting over our jet lag. I've been up since 3:30 after having a threatening dream involving my old elementary school. Everyone else is still blissfully asleep, including Joe on the new super-comfy mattress from Ikea we bought him after he begged for it for a year.

We decided to get out of town over the weekend with the help of Gary and Nok, who not only gave us free run of their beachside condo in Hua Hin, but loaned us Nok's car to get there and back. We couldn't ask for better relations, right? We got to spend time with little GJ, who is sprouting legs the length of a supermodel's and will turn 2 in December. Nok took us to an amazing seaside restaurant with an open tank full of shellfish, from which diners' dinners were plucked, and which was better than an aquarium for the amount and variety of sea life we could observe in their last moments on earth. GJ didn't like it when I petted a horseshoe crab (yep, they eat them here) or touched the long feeler of a lobster. He grabbed my hand and pulled it out of the tank. So cute! He's watching out for me, just like his dad.

I should have taken pictures, but I was having too much of a good time, plus I had forgotten my camera. A stellar bottle of Napa red provided by Gary and Nok upped our enjoyment factor by about a million.

We hit Black Mountain Water Park on Sunday. On the way home, we were treated to the sight of a convoy of elephants, no doubt heading back from the annual Hua Hin elephant polo tournament. I had to use my crummy cell phone camera.



Just for the heck of it, I grabbed a few shots of trucks loaded with produce.

Leon's fantasy pumpkins?

Watermelon

Then, we were treated to a fabulous sunset out the passenger side windows.


The sun reflected off the standing water in the rice paddies.






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