I never thought this day would come but for the love of Pete (and some understanding immigration officials in Malaysia) we are finally back in Telaga. After an uneventful launch from G&T we discovered our anchor windlass (with the new $800 motor) needed replacing. We discovered this when it decided to quit working at 10:30 at night with the moon not yet risen. Anywhoo…nothing a well placed mooring ball and a reliable credit card won’t fix (can you get a credit line increase without a job????). Our trip was uneventful except for the strange emotions passing throughout the boat. Knowing this was our last “cruise” together was bittersweet. Thailand, not being our favorite place in the world, was a weird way to end it. But I think we did our best and thanks to some McKaskle style provisioning and a goofy kid on board, we pushed through just fine.
So today we checked in to Malaysia (some day I’ll tell the story why that was a big deal) and tried to rent a car to do all the work horse type things we need to do, but no cars were available so we decided to be tourists instead. We took a taxi (too much walking in Phuket made us quick to jump in the car) to the Oriental Village not too far from the anchorage and we did all the silly things we put off last time. We rode the skycar up the hill to a beautiful view of the anchorage and marina and well, all of Langkawi. We experienced a silly 6D film that had us riding a roller coaster through the desert. Jake got to fulfill his dreams of running with the hamsters by zipping himself up in a plastic ball and running around a pond. Don’t ask me the draw, but I’m glad he did it because I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile. And finally, we rode the paciderms (aka Elephants!).
|A great view of our anchorage|
and the marina. Andy tried to show where Savannah is.
I had high hopes as did the rest of the crew, but in the end, I felt sorry for the poor old elephant. He looked run down and rode hard. We took an extremely expensive 10 minute stroll through the “trail” and enjoyed the view from above and the whole novelty of it. But in the end, it didn’t hold a candle to our 5 minute ($7) trot with the camels in Australia. To be fair, we’ve been blessed with a lot of time with elephants…we used to live near and were very good friends with the elephant trainer in Norfolk, VA. So we’re not new to the gentle giants. But I kind of felt like I should apologize to the old guy for making him walk in circles for our enjoyment. But we did “ride an elephant in Malaysia” so CHECK on that box.
Speaking of boxes, tomorrow we pick up our first round (and hopefully ‘only’ round) of boxes to begin sending our stuff back to the US. I don’t know if we’re sad or excited or anxious or just want to get the damn thing over with. At any rate, it’s going to start tomorrow and be done in a few days. In the meantime, Jake has met a few new friends and been enjoying the beach close by. It’s cool being a cruising kid… a few kids come by in a dinghy, they say hi, you jump in, you tell your parents “we’ll be on channel 8” and off you go. Andy and I actually circled the anchorage tonight wondering which boat he actually went to. I think they’re now calling this “free range parenting” at home. You don’t know how long I’ve been trying to fit that into a blog.
I hope you all enjoy the pics. We did. More to come soon…packing out, shipping out, flying out and heading to the marina for the final listing. Stay tuned.
Some pics of Jake for the grandparents and some updated pics of Savannah with her new lipstick on.
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