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Rick admires the ocean
Next on the Lopez adventure itinerary was a visit to Phuket, Thailand for some fun in the sun. The beaches in Thailand were some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.

We stayed at the Le Meridien Resort near the town of Patong. The best part about the hotel is that it has a private beach, away from the hustle and bustle of Patong. We spent our first day in Phuket relaxing on the beach and in the pool. The highlight of day one was a visit from the resort elephant... which we lovingly named "Baby Beluga Whale." 

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Rick's new friend
Baby Beluga lives on a hill next to the resort and visits the resort's guests twice a day. He's actually a quite talented elephant. His handler would say different things in Thai, and Baby Beluga would sit, lay down, walk a different direction, and even give people kisses with his trunk (the kisses looked really snotty and wet... ick!). I've included a video of the elephant below.

Day one in Phuket ended with a relaxing dinner at the resort's beachfront restaurant. Perhaps it was a little too relaxing... because Diane literally fell asleep at the table :) (Okay, maybe it was the jet lag hitting her). In any case, it gave us a good laugh. We all happened to be looking at her when her head snapped back suddenly and she awoke, surprised. Definitely a funny family memory!

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Fun family dinner!
My favorite part of the trip took place on day two. We took a tour of Koh Phi Phi (thank you Ashley for the wonderful suggestion!). Boat rides, snorkeling, and beautiful islands... a true paradise! More to come on this...

Diane Lopez
10/17/2012 13:20:33

Your depiction of my narcolepsy episode had me laughing to myself! I only wish it was caught on camera! My neck still hurts!!!!

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