a day on motorscooters (ala Goa),
zipping around and checking out the sights, and made our way to Khao Phanom
Bencha National Park. After a quick drink, we hiked up to the waterfalls
for which the area is famous. Along the way, the family did their best
Indiana Jones imitations, mugging for the camera and having a great time.
At the top, we realized that the backpack
with Alea's new camera (along with the kids' swimsuits and some of Breck's
new toys) had been left behind at the snack shop. Susan and Alea went back
to look for it, but of course it was gone, and with it all the great pictures
she had taken. It was really a tough blow for Alea, and she was pretty
inconsolable, and it threw a pall over the entire day.
This was too bad, because we really did
see some neat things and have a good time, but of course this loss was
a big blow (especially given that A) it was her Christmas present, B) our
other camera was on the fritz so we'd taken a ton of pictures with it,
and C) it was only 3 days before the end of the vacation and thus no time
to 'make up' the lost shots).