The Karan Tribe are a primitive band who migrated from Tibet, two hundred years ago and have maintained their language and customs, for the most part totally cut off from the rest of Thailand. "Karan" means "People of the Land" or "Dirty People" because they tend not to wash very often and the world they live in is very dusty.
This is a little guy who hung around our camp fires at night. In fact, we had to fish him out of the fire a few times. He had no fear.
Kam showed us one of the banana trees the villagers grew. They use absolutely every part of the tree.
The Karen villagers live by growing rice and soybeans. We hiked through this breath taking landscape for three days.
Corey (shown on the right)is a student from Santa Cruz. We had a very interesting discussion on the last night of our Trek, about politics and his concern that California is being lost to the extremist Republicans. He said he is searching for a place that will make him happy. Once he finds that place he will settle down there. He's 21. I wish I had his insights at that age.
We put money together and begged the villagers to let us buy this rooster and eat him so that we didn't have to hear him crow at 1 am again...
The third village we stayed in actually had budgies. I took this picture for my favorite budgie fancier, Diana Rainbow.
And a kitty cat that Kirsten befriended. Kirsten and her husband Chris are from Sydney Australia.
Dennis negotiated the purchase of one of the handmade pieces the villagers made on their looms.
And these two children came out to wave good bye as we travelled through their village.
The children were a joy to see.
When I saw this scene in the village I thought of you Mom. I don't know why...
We passed through some wonderful waterfalls between the villages.
We had a campfire every night and sang songs. These are some girls from Sweden who were on our trek (in the front)
This is one of the Thai guides. He only knew Beatles songs but he really rocked.
This little girl was thrilled to have her picture taken as she fished in the stream we passed.
Here is a proper picture of Kirsten and Chris from Sydney, having breakfast.
Kam told us about this village. It was a hot spot for Cocaine. Then four years ago, when the new Prime Minister was elected, he cracked down on Drugs. Twelve hundred people were shot in the first month. Kam says there are no more drugs here now.
The beauty of this land and it's people can't really be expressed. I just hope I'm able to give you a glimpse of what I see. Perhaps you will want to see it for yourself. And I hope you enjoyed my cute animal pics Sarah. I always think of you when I take them.