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September 8th 2005
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Today I did my first open water dive as part of the scuba course. It is a totally new feeling breathing under water. I am really glad I did it and have 2 more dives tomorrow to finish my certification. I think I will go for a couple dives when I am in Bali a few weeks too. It is fun but not something I will get hooked on. I guess I am just a speed freak and am really looking forward to the two wheeled adventures in Cambodia next week. I won't have any internet access on that trip so I'll have to tell you about it latter. I hope I won't regret not getting the Med-Jet evacuation insurance. I don't think we will be doing anything crazier than I do on the bike in Colorado, but the jungle mud riding will be a brand new type of riding for me. I have never ridden in those kind of conditions so it will take some learning. I know it is going to be slick with the rains.

After two dives tomorrow I rest up then I think I am taking a bus out to Kao Sok national park for
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Don't trust Lonely Plant. They call this charm. Lesson 2: Even though you can pay only $5 for a hotel this is what you get, but paying $10 and you can get a solid 3 star place that is very nice. Moral of the story, save money, but not too much on accomadations.
some jungle treking, playing with monkeys and living in a treehouse or a floating bungalo.

I'll have come back here some other time and explore the north where I can see how the people really live. Here on Phuket it is really a tourist island made to please westerners. I am having fun, but the true cultural experiance is vapid.

Miss ya,


8th September 2005

Hi Garret, Sounds like you are having a great time! We never went to Phuket, but Railegh Beach was our fave. We went to Kao Sok but were a little turned off by the leeches. I guess we're just more beach people. Make sure and save a couple days to see Angkor...definitely the highlight!! Miss having you around. Suzy
8th September 2005

You speed Freak
Speed Freak huh? Just watch out for the landmines. At least underwater you can't ride a motorcycle over something that will blow you up. Have fun! You are rad! Andrew
12th September 2005

Mud Biking
Sounds like the most fun a guy could have on two wheels and I assume you don't have to clean the bike afterwards (bonus). Stay safe but have fun.

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