WIPEOUT: falling down in the Thai Islands


Wipeout! Yard Sale! Knocked Down but I get up AGAIN

They say third time is the charm but not sure if that is true if you wind up bloody. In Koh Phangan we went for a walk from Haad Yao to Haad Salad to  Mae Haad and back again. All three bays are pretty but I am certain more lovely on a sunny day when the blue colors of the water can really be seen. It has been rainy and misty and not particularly nice. At least it’s not pouring down buckets as it has during some of our time so far in Thailand.

We were wandering and walking on a road full of coral and then I found myself no longer upright. It is always so surprising as an adult to suddenly be sprawled on the ground.  George turned around, shocked by the sound of my forward motion as I slided across the sharp coral edges. He crouched next to me and said, “Are you okay?” I said, “Slowly.”

I could see a large stick in my shoe. My foot did not hurt particularly but felt cramped so I figured the rock had not gone through my skin, but only was inside my Chaco footwear. I loosened the straps and slowly released the culprit. I think that a protruding tree branch was the lever that caused me to kiss the path.

Meanwhile, I was still face down, so I carefully began to move my limbs and rise toward a seated position. My left lower arm was bleeding in two places and so was my knee,  but neither wound seemed major.  My palms were scraped but not too seriously. Somehow I managed to keep my face from participating in the fun.

George walked around gathering our things. My sunglasses were only a few paces away but the camera had been flung a good distance. George noticed that the camera battery was missing. In the hunt to recover it, he had to walk quite far. If it was a snow-skiing accident, the losses would have resembled a yard sale.

I stood up, brushed myself off and kept walking. We talked about my two other falls I’d accomplished in our nearly six years of traveling. (I fell one night in Samoa and hit the ground so hard I chipped a tooth and once in Laos, at a French restaurant, I slipped in a wet bathroom and fell down three stairs.

This time I have to say so far I feel okay. I washed and pronounced myself ready for the next activity.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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