Part of the team broke off and experienced some of the tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. The rest of us ventured up to a waterfall called “Sticky Falls.”
Sticky Falls was a bit of a misnomer. I slipped and wiped out hard at the top of the falls. A few were able to climb down the falls (you started at the top and could climb down the falls with the assistance of ropes. The algae that grew on the rocks made it “sticky” and climbable.
I took the stairs, a bit hobbled and wounded and met them at the bottom to take pictures.
Another team member slipped and fell at the bottom of the falls and hurt their right shoulder a bit.
A little beat up and tired we climbed back up to the top of the falls to have lunch. We had picked up some sticky rice, pineapple and pork skewers for lunch at street vendor on the way to the falls.
After lunch we climbed back in the truck and headed back to Chiang Mai.
That evening we were once again on our own. Some went to dinner and shopping while others got Thai massages.
We split again the next day as some of the group went to swim with elephants while others went to the McKean Rehabilitation Center.
McKean originated as a Leprocy Colony and over the years as leprocy declined and treatments improved the center has changed. It became more of a rehabilitation center than a leprocy colony. There are still residents that live at the center that suffered and since have been treated for leprocy.
One of the ways the center raises funds is by creating crafts. They handmake cards, make beautiful wood carvings, and more.
We spent a bit of time shopping in the store before departing back to Chiang Mai.
That evening we again fended for ourselves in the night markets for dinner.
Today we are heading out of Chiang Mai into a more rural area of Thailand. We will be spending the next three days and two nights in a village. We will be building bunk beds, painting and spending time with the kids of another Hope Bridges home.