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A Troubled Bridge Over Water

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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In our adult lives we have done some 'adventurous' things. At least we would like to call it that...

Rickety bridge over river with small village structures below, Hilltribe village, Thailand

Rickety bridge over river with small village structures below

 

This bridge looked safe enough to walk over.... from a distance! (The gathering of huts below were for people to relax, while drinking the local beer or whisky and watching the sun set or moon rise.)

 

The bridge looks safer from afar, Hilltribe village, Thailand

The bridge looks safer from afar

Our driver assured us that it was OK to walk over.  "Mai pen Rai," he said. But we hesitated, thinking we would view the bridge safely from afar.

 

A couple of planks are missing... but no problem! Hilltribe village, Thailand

A couple of planks are missing... but no problem!

He even said he would take the lead. "C'mon! Follow me!"

A closer look at the missing and spongy planks of the bridge Hillside village, Thailand

A closer look at the missing and spongy planks of the bridge

He said, "stay in the middle"...yeah right! Half of the boards were rotted, the other half were spongy and no good. What did we get ourselves into here?

 

Peaceful view of the village and fishing structures below Hillside village, Thailand

Peaceful view of the village and fishing structures below

The view was serene, though our knees were wobbling, thus shaking the bridge!

 

Halfway point of the bridge and the driver is no where to be seen! Hilltribe village, Thailand

Our driver is no longer in the lead... where did he go?

What happened to our driver taking the lead? What do you do at the halfway point? At least we see the end in sight!

 

The driver and Akaisha are clinging to each other for safety. Hillside Village, Thailand

The driver and Akaisha are clinging to each other for safety

Notice he's clinging onto the rail behind me (!) and Akaisha is clinging to him! Thanks guys! (Even so,.. how is that going to help if the bridge collapses or we fall through?)

Needless to say we made it, but this is one of those things when after it's over we scratch our heads wondering,

"Why did I do that?"

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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