Here, Beth, Nick, Shane and I stand in front of a miniature model of a whale shark.
But as wonderful as our whale shark experience was, as we left Donsol, all we could talk about was how friendly the local people were.
At one point, Becky grabbed Nick from the audience (i.e., our table of five) and coaxed a few lines from him.
When it came time for us to leave Donsol, without anyone asking or really saying anything, we hugged Marilyn and her family, and took group photos with our camera and with Marilyn's camera ... just as we would if we were leaving the house of distant but beloved relatives.
Donsol was a great place to begin our journey, and a place we'll not soon forget.