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Written by wildberry on 25 Feb, 2005
We stopped for lunch at a little place on the side of the road and then went to see a waterfall. Beautiful! And you could go up a little, narrow path and walk under the falls. Mom slipped on rock and then couldn't get up.…Read More
We stopped for lunch at a little place on the side of the road and then went to see a waterfall. Beautiful! And you could go up a little, narrow path and walk under the falls. Mom slipped on rock and then couldn't get up. The rocks were so slick. They have signs everywhere, but even when you are careful it is easy to slip. Poor mom, all wet. We stopped by a Karen village and talked with an old lady chewing Beetle (I think it’s a nut; it turns your teeth black and makes your lips bright red. It used to be considered desirable and beautiful in the past.) and watched a younger woman weaving a scarf with a hand loom that straps on. They also had some really cute puppies wandering around.
Lastly, we took a bamboo raft ride down the Wang (I think) River. It was quite the experience. It is kind of like riding in a gondola in Italy, but you get wet. There is a guy in the front with a pole, seats for two (two bamboo sticks strapped on with rubber, I think, made from bicycle tires), and a tour group member gets to stand up and guide the boat from the back (Pat and Ed did this). I didn't see it because my boat was up the river, but Ed lost his footing and ended up completely underwater. He must have fallen in the only deep part of the river, as most of the time it was only 2 feet deep.
We arrived at the hotel about 2 hours later (roughly 5:30pm), all in various degrees of wetness. I took a "hot" shower and headed to dinner. Have I mention that the hot water is really water just warm enough not to be freezing in the shower? You don't even mix cold water in. Just turn the hot water knob to full blast.
Dinner was only okay, except this place (3 N's is the name, or something like that) has really good spring rolls. I don't even like them usually, but they were good. Pat and Ed have been raving about them since they ate lunch there a few days ago.
Did I tell you Pat lost his wallet? It fell out of his pocket in the tour van. Mom saw it but thought Pat put it there on purpose (I’m not sure what she was thinking). We called the tour company, and they looked and came back with the bus but no wallet. It is very possible that they took it and lied. There's no way to know.