Too Dry at the Dock

by Tim Rogers May. 05, 2016 1828 views

The thing about the tropics I'm learning is that the usual times of day that gives you respite from the heat are perfectly balanced by a breath inducing jump up in humidity. I was strolling through Georgetown around sundown secretly hoping the discomfort level would go down with the temperature gauge. Deep down I knew the air would become thicker with vapour and it would in fact be more uncomfortable. I figured I'd give it 90minutes before I would head to dinner and hopefully the cool release of a fan or even air-con. Try as I did, I just couldn't drink enough & it was probably having an effect

I had earlier in the day seen a part of the harbour that was calm and I imagined would be good for a photo later in the day. Unfortunately the heat and my dehydrated state had lead me astray and I wasn't quite sure where I was. Whilst I had been hiking up the side of a mountain to see a Buddhist temple, a cruise ship had docked where I thought I'd get my evening shot. Two smaller ones I couldn't see from the street had also moored to the other side of the dock. In my dry on the inside, soaked on the outside state, I just started to wander onto the dock to find the shot I thought was on the other side. I didn't realise the dock was in lockdown with security aplenty.

I'll pay the security guards their due, they were on me pretty quickly. Not physically but I think with a few more paces I would have hit the concrete with three or four of them on top of me. They asked quite firmly what ship I was with and asked for ID.

“Umm, I just want to get a photo” I mumbled…a lot less eloquent than that.

“No, cannot” they shouted and pointed me back to the gate. At this point I became aware of where my surroundings and pointed to the south.

“Oh crap, It's down there” I said.

“What, WHAT is. You cannot be here sir, must leave” they demanded, a little more fervently.

“Sorry this isn't what I'm looking for its down the road. Sorry”. I turned to walk back out. My move back towards the exit took the fire out of their words.

“Ok sir, please leave NOW sir.” I'm sure they'd discuss the sweaty slightly disorientated Aussie they apprehended briefly later that night. But I knew where I was now and headed back out the gate.

Thankfully my actual target was open and right on cue another cruise ship came in to dock. The water wasn't as calm but I had the dock to myself and I could take my time. Next time I'll make sure I go with an extra bottle of water under my belt and extra one in my bag. One more step and a bit more dehydration may have lead to a taser shot instead

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 6 months ago

So attractive.

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Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 6 months ago

Just beautiful.

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Lukesmom 3 years, 6 months ago

This is a great photo! Love the motion. Your stories are so interesting and I can't imagine being that dehydrated. Yes, take pleny of water with you! Keep up the good work and stay out of trouble :)

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Mike Meliska 3 years, 6 months ago

Nice light reflections.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 6 months ago

I would love to see the picture of the guards. :-))) This one is great.

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