I’ve been taking some time to relax, contemplate life, and catch up with my good friend Nic Gabriel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Nic has spent months at a time in Chiang Mai, and I can see why. He’s also been showing me around, and today we took motor-bike rides up into the mountains to check out the Doi Suthep temple.
When traveling I enjoy doing cardio rather than weight lifting. Lifting weights is too taxing. Cardio gets blood flowing and helps sweat out the bloat we acquire from flying on planes and eating.
I did a 30-minute hotel workout.
Hey there handsome.
The ride was uphill into the mountains with a lot of twists and turns. I’ll risk my life for a great pic, but not until I know the terrain.
There’s a temple on the way towards Doi Suthep.
A dragon guards the temple.
The gorilla was permitted to enter, after promising to pay proper respects.
Onward to Doi Suthep.
There are small shrines throughout the Doi Suthep temple.
Please ring bell for meditation.
There were small gardens everywhere.
The view from the top. Even ancient temples are often under construction, as evidenced by this re-bar.
It’s hard to appreciate how detailed the engravings are.
Each engraving tells a story.
Your soul needs to be watered and cared for, as with any plant.
I did some meditation. There were pillows available to sit on.
After a long contemplative walk, where I considered the future of me and those in my life, it was time to leave.
I was hungry and these fried eggs/fried coconut things looked delicious.
Still hungry, I had some coconut-fried chicken, which was splendid.
On the way down I stopped by the national park to cool down at the waterfall.
Open your heart and mind up to new possibilities, let the water flow through you.