After 5 weeks of hard travel in China and Nepal, we are at the beaches of Thailand.  It is beautiful and remote and fun.

But you need not take my word for it.  Instead, let Regina show you.

The island has no cars on it.  In fact, anything with weight requires special transportation.  Check out this fancy ride.

We have ridden planes (jet and prop) cabs, cars, vans, busses, ferries, tuk-tuks, rafts, trains, trams, subways, and walked.  But I never thought we would go on the beach equivalent of a hayride.

After almost constant activity, we spent the day doing - well - nothing.  I say nothing.  We did play in the sand, recreating the Buddhist Stupa we saw in Nepal.  Here is the completed work.

I wish I had more to report.  No.  I am glad I do not.

We need a healing and relaxing day.  This is that day.  I hope to report more soon.

Steve Sir

PS It is worth noting that the Baskins have divergent views on our carved companion.  Susie and the girls love her.  I like her because Susie likes her.  I am not sure Wiley is aware of her.  Liam’s relationship is the most interesting.  He has insisted on carrying the awkward 20 pound chunk of wood everywhere (except through security - see earlier story), yet he professes a rigorous dislike for Regina.  I think it is really love . . .Each of them, however, have declared they want her in their inheritance.  My response?  Stop talking about your inheritance!

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