Part One: Trek to the Crystal Chair!

Me Ra Koh

We did the most amazing (SCARY) trek this week!  Our friends who live here full time, showed us the secret trail to the Crystal Chair.  Every ten minutes, our landscape changed from trekking straight into the jungle brush (the kind of jungle brush that is so heavy and thick, you DON’T consider going through it, until your fearless leader says “This WAY!”–and you say “what?”) to balancing on a ledge of sheer rock to venturing into a cave that is pitch black dark.

After you get through the thick jungle brush, you descend through huge boulders.  And up to this point, I’m thinking ‘I’ve got this!’

Then the trail opens up, and you are running up a mountainside, gaining more and more height–loving the thrill of what is now and what is next.

And when you least expect it (because you feel like you’ve been trekking upward forever in the insane, sticky heat), you find yourself on a ledge–one last climb away from sitting in the Crystal Chair.  So of course, we put the youngest to the test first.  (What? I know, ridiculous and not my idea.)

But love “this” view that Brian captured.

Let me just say that I think Brian and our fearless leader, JK (see his arm below), planned to put the kids in the Crystal Chair before mom because if mom would have known how high,

and how steep this chair was, “ummmm”, without being roped in, I would have settled for looking up at the Crystal Chair,

taking a snapshot, and heading back down the limestone cliff.

But no, this is what happens when you start your daughter in rock climbing at 7 years old in Thailand.

When she’s ten, instead of being fearful of heights, she is FEARLESS (which makes her mom sweat even MORE!).  And she ignores mom telling her to slow down and decides to be a little “show off”.  🙂

What is the Crystal Chair?  It is this small, throne-like hole in the wall of the cliff that is embedded with natural crystals.  Beautiful.

After we all take our turn in sitting in the Crystal Chair, mom is relieved to be heading back down…having no idea what the next part of the journey is.

So relieved to be off the cliff, and out of the Crystal Chair heights, with no clue that what comes next will scare her and challenge her so much that everyone will wonder if she peed her pants (and photos will be taken without her consent!).

Yep, that’s Part 2!  Stay tuned!  🙂



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  1. Cathy says:

    Holy smokes!! That’s an AWESOME adventure! (and p.s. when did Blaze start looking SO grown up!?!? Oh my goodness!)

  2. Kris says:

    Wow!!! I love the adventure spirit in your family! Thanks for taking us along 😉

  3. Freida Hall says:

    Yes!!!! I love these Thailand posts with photos and stories! I totally agree with Cathy – I saw Blaze and thought… my is he growing up quick! The second and third photo up from the bottom of your FEARLESS daughter, are AMAZING!!! You two are exposing your children to such awesome places, experiences & family bonding moments! Looking forward to Part 2! 🙂

  4. Anna DeMille says:

    Amazing, MeRa! Maybe a little too amazing for me, but, still – Amazing!

  5. jeramy says:

    awesome! good times people. 🙂

  6. BreAnna says:

    That is awesome! I just love reading about your adventures.

  7. Lakeicia says:

    Insert Scream Here! 🙂 Beautiful scenery and beautiful photos. 🙂 I don’t know about that ledge part though, how exciting.

  8. Amy B. says:

    this is magical. very cool adventure. i didn’t even recognize Blaze, he’s grown into a little boy. Pascaline is very brave. what lucky kids to have such amazing parents. can’t wait to see what part 2 is all about. 🙂

  9. Charisse says:

    How exciting! These images and stories of you all in Thailand make me sit on the edge of my chair and imagine that I too would be a fearless and brave under the same circumstances. For now however, I will be content to fearlessly muddle through creating a schedules, buying & figuring out homeschooling logistics, and trying to start some type of photography business, all while keeping my home in tack. Sheesh… I hope the gorillas don’t get me over here in my jungle. lol.

    Enjoy, and keep sending these stories. Muah!

  10. Debbie says:

    MeRa… and the adventures and memories continues… It’s amazing that our children, go into things with no fear, believing in who they are, and in you and Brian and your friends.
    And taking every moment of this and seeing it as a new adventure.
    May the blessings and adventures continue.. forever they will live in all your hearts…
    Stay safe with God’s love..

  11. Rhonda says:

    Ummm….. What was your word for this year???? 🙂
    Can’t wait to read part 2.