For Christmas, we joined my family on a beach trip to Koh Tao, here in Thailand. Though the trip was arduous (literally land, sea, and air), the island was torn from the page of a Clive Cussler novel. 20 foot boulders hunch lazily on top of one another down by the coast like a herd of elephants around a watering hole. Stony peaks erupt from the foliage above. The water teams with fish that hold no fear for man, because the island is within a nature reserve.