Thai restaurants usually offer several levels of spiciness for their dishes. The first three or four options are not really spicy so as to satisfy those who can’t handle the heat, while making them think they are eating something spicy. But the last option is “Thai spicy” — code for plenty hot.
So when the tour guide told us to bring some grubby shoes for the muddy hike to Kauai’s “Secret Falls”, I figured he was preparing me for wimpy amounts of muck. Nope. This was the “Thai spicy” of mud.