What do you do when you find yourself with two days off, in a new city, with new friends? You do the practical thing... a day for excursions and a day for adulting. This will later equate to a couple of hours, on the second day, at night, scrambling to sort of, maybe adult...while drinking a glass of wine. That's the same thing right?
We all wanted to get outside of Chiang Mai to see the surrounding area so one of our teachers recommended we visit a nearby waterfall called Bua Tong. Bua Tong is known as the sticky waterfall because you can walk on the rocks with out slipping. And lets be clear, when I say walk on the rocks, I mean climb UP said waterfall with ones feet using a rope to hoist yourself upward. Needless to say, I was pretty dubious of this "no slipping" element. Like, do you know me?
So we make our way out to this "sticky" waterfall and we discover that the countryside is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. We pass local fruit stands, houses, farms, etc. The drive was about an hour long and full of smoke and leg sweat, two things we've been assured we'll "grow fond of". We get to the waterfall and sure enough the rocks aren't slimy! I get my camera out, get the tripod out and start to setup. Insert first slip. I catch myself, no one sees, its all good. Continue camera setup.
An few hours go by, pictures are taken, and the group decides to head back up to the top via the waterfall. I have my drone back pack with me so I'm not climbing up the waterfall...I hike back up the original stairs/pathway. One should know, there's a middle point in this waterfall where it levels off and you can sit for a while before climbing the rest of the way...convenient and thoughtful. I take note and stop to look around and see if it would be a good area to fly. Most of the area was lush with bamboo and all sorts of greenery. Absolutely beautiful, but hard to take off. I get to the waterfall and I'm standing on some anti-slip rocks (we all know whats coming) and I'm thinking "yeah, this would be a great spot to fly, but if I start at the very top and fly diagonally down I'll get coverage of the whole waterfall! Great idea, lets do that!". So I turn to cross back over the waterfall and I shanley'd the shit out of that waterfall, one foot slipped and I fell straight on my ass. So much so, that this Thai guy straight laughs at me. Like, laughs significantly, audibly...no wave or "need some help", nah, just belly laughs. To be fair, I would have laughed too he wasn't being an ass.
Needless to say, I hustled out of there, made my way to the top and took off over one of the vantage points. The video isn't finished yet, but here's some clips from the day.
Overall the day was lots of fun and we hopped in our songthaew and headed home. For those of you that don't know what a sondthaew is... it's a red pick up truck with benches in the bed and a covering. It holds about 8 people (or 12 in our case) and they are all over Thailand. Google it.
And on our way home I watched the good light and the countryside start their dance.