While in Chiang Mai, Thailand a few weeks ago, Laura decided that she needed to go bungee jumping and cross it off her bucket list. Obviously, I couldn’t let her do it by herself, because that would be just rude.
So after a tiny bit of research and a brief conversation with our hotel receptionist, we were booked for that afternoon. A van picked us up for the 30-minute drive out to “Jungle Bungy Jump” and the rest of the story is in the video… Enjoy!
The Dark Cave (Hang Toi) is accessed by zip line, kayak, or by swimming to the mouth of the cave, and requires a guide. We were told that we would have to wear helmets with lights as well as life vests for this excursion, but that was all we were told.
This jump shot actually landed us in USA Today. It was taken on a statue in Pamplona, Spain, just a block away from the where the bull run takes place. In addition to this shot, we did actually run with the real bulls as well. Definitely scarier than the bronze ones.
We are oceans away from anything familiar, roaming the world, yet still feel a sense of obligation to do or see certain things.
I am not sure if we view doing this thing as a rite of passage, or not doing it as a potential future regret. Either way, there is so much hype wrapped up in specific world-renowned places and a substantial amount of undefined pressure to visit.
Cave Connection is the name of one of the many networks of caves in Sagada, Philippines. The goal is to start at the beginning of one cave and come out the end of a different cave. We were warned that it could take over three hours to complete the maze with a guide, depending upon our abilities.
Using only one small lantern for light, we climbed through the cave using ropes to help maneuver over large boulders as well as our hands and knees to crawl between tight rocks. We also walked through pools of water, squeezed our bodies through tiny crevices, got dirty, and loved it.
Some of the openings in the cave were smaller than I thought we could possibly fit through. But amazingly, we did. The pungent odor of guano left by the thousands of bats provided some extra motivation. Needless to say, the whole cave experience was awesome.
See below for a short video clip of our caving adventure.