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First Day of School

15 April 2014 | Eagle River, Alaska
The crew of Water Musick is back together after 3 months separation. The kids started back to school, only 5 weeks till summer break so they should make it. Mother nature greeted them with 5'F a real shock from the mid 90's of Thailand but the crystal clear skies and snow were very welcome. Melody managed to get back into a Spanish immersion class, and Ray has settled into middle school w/ no problems. Joe was a bit of a struggle, seems the school system did not believe we could have a sophomore w/ no credits towards graduation! we planned a lot of things but this aspect slipped under the radar. Well after a but of figuring he is on schedule to graduate in 2 years so all is good. It is fun to be back together, living with a wonderful family while we house hunt here and exploring the beautiful although chilly surroundings of this area.

The gibbon rehabilitation project

28 March 2014
The gibbon rehabilitation project ( GRP) is a research division of The
Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand ( WARF) . The projects goal is
to save gibbons and their rain-forest habitat . Gibbons are the smallest
of the apes, they look like monkeys but they have their differences.
Gibbons major threat is by destruction of the rainforest , but they are
also poached for meat, medicine and illegal pet trade . Here's what's
happening .

The WARF reports:
"Gibbons live in the rainforest , high up in the trees . A baby gibbon
holds on to its mothers belly, carried around safely through the forest .
To catch the baby, a poacher shoots the mother and she falls to the ground
. Thus , the little gibbon is easily captured and taken to be sold into a
life as a pet or a tourist attraction . Orphaned as well as deprived of
the calm green forest that is his home, he is now surrounded by blaring
music, flashing lights, and people shouting and grabbing him. He may be
drugged to stay awake at night, given an inappropriate diet and beaten if
he "misbehaves". Too large and unmanageable as a tourist photo prop by the
time he is 3-4 years old, he will be abandoned, confined to a small cage
or killed.
Keeping gibbons is illegal in Thailand ! Paying for photos with gibbons
supports a cruel and unlawful trade ! "

Dinner with Tong

28 March 2014
Tong took us to a very interesting restaurant for dinner. It was a buffet
where you were given a pot of soup and on the table was a burner so the
soup stayed hot and cooked the food. Next to the table, was a conveyer
belt with food that you could add to the soup. The soup bowl was divided
in two so you could have two different soup bases. There also was a buffet
were you could get sushi and dim sum, with jello and ice cream for desert!
I personally liked the way you paid you would sit down and start eating
then you would be timed for1h 15min then you were done.

Refelections on Thailand

28 March 2014
Refelections on Thailand

It is our last week here and I have come to realize the blending of the
new with the old. This became most apparent to me during my walks around
the Metro Park condo area that Tong's family allowed us to stay in while
in Bangkok. The high rise condos are built around the traditional canals,
Along the side of the canal is a sidewalk, where people walk or ride their
bikes to get around as well as boats in the water as a method of
transportation. Their was even a place to eat along there!

The nickname, The Land of Smiles, is well deserved. The people are so
friendly. I think this rubs off onto the animals as well. The dogs and
cats are so laid back. Even though you are a stranger, it's no problem to
pet them. You will see dogs regularly sleeping in the road along the curb
(really sleeping not dead), in chairs, on tables- well more cats than dogs
doing that - in temples and my personal favorite, 7/11's. There are more
7/11's here per capita than in the US and the air conditioning is bracing.
So I think it is a smart dog that adopts a 7/11 as it's hangout or
perhaps home. At the 7/11 by the condo, you would regularly have to step
over or around the dog as his favorite spot was just inside the door. One
day, he was laying splayed out on his back smack dap in front of the door.
What a relaxed, mellow fellow.

I'm going to miss all the wonderful people and animals we've met while here.

Driving in thiland

20 March 2014
Wile we had our wonderful stay in Phuket Town we got the chance to drive arround town. On these drives we would often see some signs that made no sense. here is a photo of the best one.

Travel day

19 March 2014
Today we had a large travel day. We flew from Phuket to Kualalupur. On that flight I had brought bag of chips, when we got to a high altitude the bag was incredibly inflated. I had to open the bag before it exploded. After we arrived in KL we had to wait 6 in the airport waiting for our flight. We got to langkawi and were able to catch a cab to get to the ferry to take us to our boat Watermusick.
Vessel Name: Water Musick
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 49'
Hailing Port: Walla Walla, WA
Crew: Bill, Becky, Joey, Ray & Melody
About: The Musick family is traveling together in search of new experiences on their way to visit friends in New Zeland
Extra: We like ice-cream
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/www.musickplanet.com/
Water Musick's Photos - Main
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Created 19 March 2014
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Created 1 March 2014
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Created 2 February 2014
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Created 2 February 2014
The photos of our river cruse.
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Created 19 January 2014
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Created 14 January 2014
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Created 11 January 2014
Traveling through central Thailand has been a real experience. Visiting friends getting lost trying new foods and having fun
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Created 28 December 2013
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Created 1 December 2013
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Created 24 November 2013
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Created 5 September 2013
after entering the country in Savusavu we visitied Kioa and Rambi islands both are settled by displaced pacific islanders and retain their traditional culture while co-existing w/ the Fijian's. We then sailed through the Lomaviti group where our kids went to a local school around the s end of Viti Levu to Beqa and around to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands
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Created 27 June 2013
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Created 24 February 2013
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Created 5 October 2012
Photos from Melodys 10th birthday and hanging out around Raiatea
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Created 22 August 2012
Photos from Papeete and the Leeward islands family pictures on moorea, Mare Tapatapautea on Raitea w/ crew from Mornin Glory, Papeete Market, kids at the cultural museum accosting a statue, Bill's Birthday tied up on Billionaires row, S/V Clementine "dressed" for Samanthas Birthday
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Created 13 August 2012
Photos from our time in Papeete Museum w/ Clemtine, Bill & Becky at the Market on Sunday am
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Created 28 July 2012
Photos from our time in Moorea during the Pacific Puddle Jump
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Created 28 June 2012
Fatu Hiva arrival port in Marquesas hike to waterfall and anchorage off Takuha
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Created 4 June 2012
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Created 7 May 2012
With the crew of Blessed Lyndon, Rachel, Zoe, Ben and John, we explored the Smithsonian tropical research center. We were able to learn more about the ecosystem of Central American and viewed several animals difficult to find in the wild.
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Created 22 April 2012
With the crew of ZEST MArk, Ann, Dom, Christopher and Emy we transited the Panama Canal. !00 years old and still operational. We could see the construction of the new canal that will handle the post panamax boats set to open in 2014. we spent the night on the lake near the Centennial bridge this allowed us a day and night transit our wish all along.
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Created 22 April 2012
Fort Sherman
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Created 30 March 2012
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Created 23 March 2012

Musick Travles

Who: Bill, Becky, Joey, Ray & Melody
Port: Walla Walla, WA