Sunday, July 24, 2011
I haven't done a hiking post in awhile, but now that I've returned, I can share some things I've learned. Like things about leeches.
Yes, leeches. They look like large inch worms, and they move like them too, until you pull them off your leech socks. Apparently, they can't bite through the skin of your palm, since it's too thick. So, lucky me, I was pulling leeches off my clothing with my bare hands!
I took a guided jungle trekking tour through Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, with Greenleaf Guesthouse & Tour, and it was amazing. I saw horn-billed toucans in their natural habitat! ...along with a whole bunch of other creatures.
There were two million bats that took hours to all exit their cave, there was springwater swimming, grasslands, strangling trees, waterfalls, and lots and lots of mud. July is Thailand's rainy season after all. Let's just say I had to "retire" my red-clay-caked sneakers at the end of this hike.
The jungle was just gorgeous. Well worth the leech-removal effort.
More photos of Khao Yai National Park on my flickr account.