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 …
Every Memorial Day, my family goes up to the Catskills in upstate New York to kick off the summer. This year, in honor of it being the year my dad turns 60 (whoa!), we all took some extra days off to take a family road trip up to the Adirondacks. Adirondack Park is as big as Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. It consist of 46 mountain peaks (highest is Mt. Marcy at 5,344), lakes, and canyons; and it is a great place to hike, canoe, swim, ski, zipline, and whatever else your outdoorsy heart desires!
My dad has been wanting to see Ausable Chasm for years, so I did some research on the towns we could drive through, mountains we could hike and drive up, and sites we could visit on our way to the Grand Canyon of the East! This post has photos of the stops we made, and I will make separate posts about our fantastic hike on Cascade Mountain, as well as our day spent exploring Ausable Chasm.
First stop: Cohoes Falls in the city of Cohoes, …
Ausable Chasm is called the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks because it is a gigantic sandstone gorge on the east coast. Sure it is no Grand Canyon, but I was so pleasantly surprised and delighted the magnitude of Ausable Chasm. It is America's oldest natural attraction, open for exploring since 1870. You can walk the 4 different trails (2 miles one way) and explore Rainbow Falls, the ins and outs of the gorge, raft the water, and you can even rock climb and adventure if you pay for a guide. Worth the trip, ya'll!
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!
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.)