Apparently, when I was a child I never had ear infections. Never. Which is what makes this that much more fun!
I arrived in Thailand/on Koh Tao June 6th. I went on my failed scuba diving adventure June 8th. I did a few skills and was probably only 2 meters under water for a total of 8 minutes. June 9th my left ear felt a bit stuffed and I had a teeny bit of pain. I asked Astrid to drop some Tea tree oil in there and the next day the pain was gone but my hearing was still muffled.
The muffled hearing continued until June 15th when I woke up and equalizing (just from yawning) was quite painful in addition to the muffled sounds. And so I went to the Ban Chalok clinic across the street from my Tropicana resort. Nok, the wonderful nurse there, checked my ear and said "Oh yes, you have a big infection." She asked me to equalize and said, "Yes, when you equalize your ear drum shouldn't move, but yours is moving...your ear is really swollen inside so I can hardly see your …
Yes, I am dedicating a whole post to a tree. What a wonderfully magical tree it is, though! The little park is called Sai-Ngarm, meaning either 'Sweeping Banyans" or "Beautiful Banyan". The Banyan Tree in this park covers an area of over 35,000 square feet and more than 350 years old. And yes, there are 3 videos BUT it's like a mystery that I needed to solve because it was very hard to figure out which was the original tree that 'gave birth' to all of these other treelike branches!...and I'd been traveling alone for almost a month, missing my friends, so I became really close with my camera on this day. (This one's for Lindsey, who showed me branches in a different light.)
Ölü Deniz (Dead Sea) is advertised as looking like this on postcards and books. FALSE! It looks like sand - there is no sand. It looks blue and peaceful, well it was blue but it was crowded. Ehhh the whole town ıs overwhelmed by English and Australian tourists. If you go there, go straıght to Butterfly Valley - we shoulda stayed there two nıghts. Wayyy better!
In the last post I described the super fun Hudson Valley weekend road trip I took with my dad. The only part I saved for a separate post was the short but great Bonticou Crag rock scramble and hike we did near New Paltz, NY.
Hike Length: 3 miles
Hike Time: About 2 hours, but we sat at the top for an hour eating and enjoying the views.
Peak Elevation: 1,194 feet (364 meters)
We followed the driving directions provided on my favorite New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website to get to Monhonk Preserve and then the entrance to the trail. We paid the fee at the entrance and dropped it into the box as there was no ranger there to collect our dues. The hike starts in the woods and goes through some open fields. Due to the rain that happened before and after our hike, the visibility was not excellent but we could still slightly make out the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
The rock scramble itself allowed us to work all of our muscles and stretch our gams. The path is clearly marked w…
I'm not master video editor (aside from my glorious song/video for my mom) but I wanted to put a video together of all the shenanigans from my 30th birthday trip to Nashville. It's kind of split in two parts: 1. Dancing/music/drama/fun times and 2. chill/Land Between the Lakes/singing/guitar playing! The video is 10 minutes long so I anticipate only members of Dashville7 will watch it - but enjoy!
1. Dancing on a street at 0:20
2. Dancing on a bridge at 0:42
3. Ursula's PSA to bell makers everywhere at 1:13
4. Savva broke is iWatch at 1:59
5. Bieber mania at 2:23
6. Ursula's awesome rendition of "Walk the Line" at 3:40
7. Dancing to Michael Jackson's"Earth Song" at 4:30
7. Quick second of me singing En Vogue at 4:36
8. James walking in on 4 ladies dancing to Michael Jackson at 5:00 (and we continued to dance)
9. "I'm in freaking Kentucky!" at 5:36
10. Elk and Bison Prairie at 5:42
11. Admiring the bison and w…