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Mekong Rising

Yes, with all the rain we’ve had, the river is steadily rising, nearly covering a few islands that I use as benchmarks to measure how high the water is getting. Hopefully, it won’t come up to our doorstep. That did happen some years back when Nai’s house had about three feet of water soaking the first floor. Here’s what it looks like when the Mekong decides to visit. These were taken on August 14, 2008 and posted on the blog here:

Children playing in flood waters

Children having fun in the flood of 2008 at Nai’s house.

Nai surveying flood

Nai surveying the flood waters at his house in Laos.

As you can see, the children were having a good time, but Nai was none to happy about the situation. The family helped him move everything up to the second floor, but cleaning up afterwards was quite a chore, he told me.

Yesterday was beautiful, with mostly clear blue skies and NO rain! I hope that continues. The first boat race of the racing season is today near the Friendship Bridge that links Laos and Thailand. We might go see it since it’s so close to The Farm, but rain is forecast for later this afternoon. More later.