Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Thailand beach surprise

As I promised in my previous post, we had a big surprise while visiting the Thai Islands.  Our son from Utah, Alex, and his girlfriend, Sam, planned to meet up with us for several days while we were staying in Ao Nang, Krabi.  But that wasn't the surprise.  Alex had been to Krabi before and thought what better time than to come over again while we were there.


Alex and Sam stayed over in Railay, only accessible by boat, which was a short ride for us from Ao Nang.  Railay is surrounded by a warm sea, lush jungle and limestone cliffs.  Perfect for the adventurous, like Alex and Sam.


Of course, there are others who would prefer just to chill out 
and have a wonderful Thai massage.....


.... or hang around reading ....


.... or sleeping .....





or like this kitty ....


watch what others come here to do, 
from all around the world

... rock climb ...



But rock climbing wasn't what Alex came to do.  Alex had other plans.  

As an experienced BASE jumper, he planned to do several jumps on this visit, as he had on other visits.  If you are not familiar with BASE jumping, it is an extreme sport of jumping from fixed objects with a parachute. The name BASE is derived from the fixed objects that are jumped from:  buildings, antennas, spans (like a bridge) and earth (like cliffs). 

One has be in great shape to endure the climbs 
up the backside of these cliffs.  
It took Alex about 3 hours to climb through jungle and sharp, knife-life rock 
to reach his jumping off point.



And he lands ....

The jump was awesome to watch,
but even more awesome was what happened
after he landed!


He got down on one knee in front of Sam and said:
"I thought I'd take the plunge and ask you to marry me."

Well .....  you can see what her response was!


It was wonderful to share such a memorable moment
with family.

Congratulations Alex & Sam.
Looking forward to your Utah wedding in March 2015!





A side note:  One must be alert when packing one's parachute.  You never know when some Thailand kitty may try to rearrange your lines!  Might not make for a pleasant landing!



29 comments:

Tabor said...

You are one brave mama to watch your son take this flight! He looked way too close to those cliff to me. Such a wonderful ending, though. You now can look forward to a wedding.

Brian Miller said...

awww....what a cool way to propose...that is awesome...the cat i think might want to give jumping a try...curiousity and all...ha

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome - you have a blast!! ( :

Dianne said...

cool proposal!!
congrats to all

Kerri Farley said...

Oh how exciting! and what a memorable proposal!! WOW!!

Nat said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous proposal :-)
Beautiful, beautiful place!

Out on the prairie said...

Very heart warming, congrats to all

Sylvia K said...

Now that is a proposal out of a fairy tale!! I love it! Congratulations to a lovely couple! And how fun for you!! Awesome place!! Have a great weekend, Reena, and thanks for sharing the fun!!

bill lisleman said...

Wow what a wonderful surprise. Congrats.
Just my opinion but the base jumping is just too extreme for me. I'm not sure if I would have even watched.
great pics

Michael Manning said...

That is a great story. Congratulations to all!!

Sanibel Gal said...

I love this post - kitties, cliffs, proposals, and love. So fantastic. Congratulations to all.

Sanibel Gal said...

I love this post - kitties, cliffs, proposals, and love. So fantastic. Congratulations to all.

Rose L said...

Chilling and romantic.

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a wonderful surprise that was! I'd have been a wreck watching him jump, but being the adventurous family that you are, it was probably old hat to you guys!

Hilary said...

Oh my.. how sweet, romantic and beautiful is this! Congrats to your lovely family, Reena. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Such a sweet, romantic proposal. I wish them all the best.
These photos are great, Reena.

Daryl said...

late to the party but i am here with congrats/mazel tovs!!!

Anna said...

What a super place to spend time with family and see such a dramatic proposal!

Barbara Shallue said...

Now that is one creative, adventurous, romantic kid you have, Reena! Congratulations!!

Barb said...

Reena - what a wonderful surprise! (And your photos of that paradise are wonderful.) Congrats on POTW!

Daniel LaFrance said...

I always wonder what goes through a persons mind before they leap.

Memorable photos indeed.

Pat Tillett said...

Well, I'd say that proposal has to take the cake. What a great and romantic idea. It looks like you guys are having a great time is that amazing place. Great photos also.

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