22nd - 27th February:
Technical difficulties with the Boat not only left us ship wrecked over night on one of our campsite islands, but has now resulted in us getting some downtime on the mainland. We are currently hammocking in a disused gazebo between the lake pier and the Ranger HQ while we wait for the boat to be repaired. Spent the day traveling with our boat driver to the region capital (Surat Thani) and retrieving a flip flop which was stolen by one of the local dogs the previous night. Ricky decided to play fetch with one of his flip flops only for the stray dog to steal and hide it down by the base of the lake.
As I write this a 9 inch centipede has just crawled past my feet and is now being pursued by one of our resident entomologists (Emily).
I also have to mention that from this moment on my blog will have significantly less pictures as my phone was ruined by water damage and my camera will no longer charge as the cable was broken in transit to Thailand. But as they say in Thailand - Mai Pru, Mai Pru!!! (No worries!!).
Some of the down time gave me the opportunity to go on a herping session where managed to find a Blandfords Brindle Snake hunting geckos on a nearby tree as well as a breeding pair of Small Scops Owls who let me get within 4 feet of them.
Hopefully, if my limited understanding of Thai is correct the boat should be ready this afternoon (27th) meaning we can finally return to the Lake and to our research.