The Finale: The Search for Treasures

11 Oct

Sunday morning came far too soon.
The sun rose, yet my eyes stayed shut. The stern yet heroic voice of a Brazilian German woke both Kevin and I up.
Reluctant to get the day started, we crawled out of bed and got packed.
The Black Pearl was sitting out on the road, waiting for us to return back on board.

Water fell from the skies, yet nothing could stop us from enjoying the fresh air through our hair.

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We traveled long distances, with only the mountains in sight.

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Fellow travelers followed behind as we guided the way through troubled waters.

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The rain got worse, and the privileged moved in for shelter.

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Soon enough the weather cleared and we had made it to our destination.
The infamous Hellfire Pass.
It was the most dangerous and most difficult section of the Railway to Burma. The railway had been built-in 1943 by Prisoners of War, during World War 2. Prisoners of War were sent along these mountains, to build the Railway in beyond horrible conditions. Over 100,000 people died of malnutrition, beatings, explosions, and murder.
We walked along the path where thousands of people had spent day after day laboring under horrid conditions, during World War 2.

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Built through the wild jungle and mountains terrains of the border of Thailand, the memorial was quite a place to visit.

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Walking along the trail of the railway, what was then called Burma was in eye sight, right past the mountains.

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Bamboo. Scientific name: Bamboo. Also known as Bamboo, was found all along the path.

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Walking along the remains of the railway was quite a majestic feeling.

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Only a small stretch of railway was still long the trail.

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Imagining that prisoners broke through the giant rocks through the pass, with hand tools was amazing.

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Myanmar just could be found just along those mountains.

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The Caveman had come back and was intrigued by the depths of the cave along the railway

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Toby sat along a branch, and pondered some of the wonders of life.
There really is no better place in the world to sit and ponder.

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To think that is was all where the railroad had been was amazing.

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After a long trek we found our selves back at the Black Pearl.

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We headed out in search of food.
We stopped at what seemed to be a small restaurant on the side of the road. In the middle of nowhere it seemed, but it would be the nicest place many of us had ate at in a long time.

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They had a wide array of food and drinks to choose from. Even had authentic German beers from Bavaria.

Sven and I opted for non-alachaolic fruit smoothies though.

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Who would have thought that pirates could have such a soft side as well.

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Food was among the best I have had to date. Great places are often found in unsuspecting areas.

We then headed to the river. The Black Pearl has brought us far, but a river was no place for a ship of its magnitude.

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We hopped in a small river boat, powered by a Nissan Turbo Diesel engine.

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Riding in a river boat in the outskirts of Thailand. Jungle all around us.
It’s quite hard to fully understand how amazing it really is.

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We arrived across the river. It was time for another trek though the mountains and jungle to our next destination.

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We came to a gate and found this sign.

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Luckily for us we have a magic card. Our University ID makes us no longer foreigners, but instead local Thai.

We climbed up flights and flights of stairs until we arrived to THE CAVE.
It was time to see what the Caveman was all about. Back into his home.

As fast as we popped our heads in, we all were running right back out.

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We looked in only to find a group of huge bats right underneath our heads.
I thought for a minute that we would be heading back down.
There was no guard at the cave. No tour guide. Not even another single person.

It was only us.

Like Pirates searching for treasure, we built up our courage and went into the depths of the cave.

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It proved to be more amazing that any of us could even imagine. Every time we thought we had gone far enough, the cave opened up more. We walked and walked. New corridors opening up. Bats all around us. The pure silence of the earth.

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As if walking through a movie set, everything seemed as if it were unreal. It is hard to imagine that something like this still exists in nature.

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It was no one but ourselves in the cave. Not another single person walked in.

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The bats along the walls and bugs on the ground were our only other companions.

After walking through we came out to clear blue skies.

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As we rode back along the river, we saw in the distance tiny round things in the water.
Ended up being a group of crazy tourists in the water.

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We landed ashore, and went to a tiny river front store to get refreshments before we headed back to Bangkok.
A cool mini bike was sitting out front.

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We jumped back in the Black Pearl and were off on our way home.

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The clouds came as the sun was falling, to create an amazing sight.

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Staring out the back of the Black Pearl, I couldn’t help but reminisce on my weekend in Kanchanaburi.

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In 2 days I saw more that I could have thought to have seen in a year.
It’s amazing to think what the world has to offer. It’s all right there. All right here.
Behind you. Next to you. In front of you.

You just have to put your head out and see it.

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