If you’ve spent three years of your life saving money for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand, you’d better be able to save the memories as well. That’s why me and my friends armed ourselves with cameras, memory cards, portable routers, and pretty much anything that will help us save all we were about to see and hear and bring it back with us. As for myself, I got this great old camcorder that I found at a yard sale, and even though it was a bargain thingy, I had the most amazing time filming my mates with it.
While I’ve enjoyed taking long shots of the vegetation-covered breathtaking limestone cliffs piercing through the crystal clear waters, my favorite videos are now those that surprise my friends laughing and dancing on the beautiful beaches. We’ve spent time resting in the bungalows of Khao Sok an enjoying the local food in Koh Lanta.
Thanks to my camcorder I can now relive all those moments, and revive the emotions of riding an elephant through the jungle, or of hiding from the giant moths under the protection of the veils above the bed.
As beautiful as it is, Thailand has got some secret weapons that are ready to catch you unfocused, such as falling coconuts, that can hit you almost anytime, or venomous snakes. As much as we wandered around through the jungle, we were fortunate enough not to encounter any of the later category, but did manage to see flying snakes and all sorts of majestuous lizards, and I even got to film a couple of monkeys enjoying the sunlight.
Of course, not everything was perfect, so I do have some footage of Carol cursing and throwing stuff around right after she discovered someone lifted her phone right from her back pocket. Maybe it’s because I really want to hold on to every bit of memories, but I couldn’t erase that video. On the other hand, it was a video of us walking through the open street market, surrounded by food, fruits, colors and smiling people.
Altogether, it was just the perfect vacation and all of us left Thailand with the greatest regret and with the promise that we would come back in a couple of years. Meanwhile, I’m watching my videos every couple of months, when I’ve got some time on my hands, and I plan to get an upgraded camcorder, with an image stabilizer like the Canon Vixia here , so I won’t have to sit down every time I want to film something.
This summer, my husband and I decided to forget about our annual Mt. Hood camping trip and visit the far-far-away Big Apple, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a long trip filled with adventure and fun, but also with a terrible weather throughout some days.
The morning we left Portland, we thought we were going to move like Speedy Gonzales and we’ll only be 3 or 4 days tops on the road, visit some landmarks and then go home quickly. Of course, by the second week, when we finally managed to arrive, we felt like we already had our vacation, and seeing New York was gonna be just the cherry on top of the cake.
The fun began while still in Oregon, when we made a short detour to climb a little on the Blue Mountains, but instead ended up reaching the Rock Creek Butte. Since we were so tired when we climbed down, the love of my life managed to lose the map and bring me to total desperation in just a few seconds. I could already see us begging strangers for directions at every fork in the road, but I was quickly brought to silence once Stan announced me he read some reviews and purchased a GPS unit especially for the trip. Since that moment we had no trouble finding our way and identifying all the fun places we could visit along our path.
We stayed in Salt Lake City for two whole days and traveled on the banks of the Great Lake, we took two hitchhikers from Rock Springs to Elk Mountain and sang all the hits of the 80’s while eating drive-in food and stopping to take pictures every 10 miles.
By the time we reached Cheyenne, I had developed a very strong feeling about visiting Denver, where I have a distant cousin. After some failed coin flipping, we decided to change our route, and went to Denver, where we had the best cheese souffle ever, and crashed at my cousin’s which lead to a full night of memories and laughter.
Since we had already prolonged the trip, we decided to stop only for the bare necessities, and we managed to finish our journey in only one more day. New York was so amazing, I can’t even begin to describe the wonderful places we’ve seen, the food we ate and all the imposing buildings that dressed the sky view. Overall, it was the best vacation we’ve had in years and we are both very excited to repeat the experience.