Any place that makes a constant conservation effort and reforestation effort gets a plus in my book. The Thai Elephant Home also tries to preserve the elephant heritage and traditions. After learning about the elephants, practicing the commands, and changing into our tradition Thai outfits we headed out to pick our elephants! But, not before stopping to offer our prayers to Buddah that we may travel in safety.
|Learning about Asian Elephants|
|Praying to Buddha|
|My Beautiful Elephant!|
Sometimes our handlers would have to hop on the elephant with us when we crossed large rivers. Talk about powerful animals! No river current seemed too big!
When we stopped for lunch we got to experience Pad Thai wrapped in large leaves. It was delicious! It was nice to stop and eat some food, but mostly it was great because we got to play in the mud!
|Pad Thai in leaves|
Say what? Yep. We played in the mud with our elephants! Covering them in mud helps protect their skin from the sun, plus it is also good for human skin. I should clarify that this wasn't like regular mud, it was thick black mud that felt really nice. (Although I'm not sure I liked the fact that it got everywhere and was really hard to get off.) Plus we got to be covered in mud just like the elephants!
We then stopped in one of the rivers and cleaned off the mud. It was really fun to play in the river with the elephants! Plus, I got to splash Alexis with water and my elephant enjoyed spraying water all over people!
We then walked through a village and headed back to the Thai Elephant Home. It was interesting to see how well-kept our elephants looked in comparison to some that we're obviously not treated super well. I'm glad that Alexis and I picked this elephant place because they are all treated very well. (P.S. There are awesome signs everywhere.)
|Watch for Elephants and Oxen... Not Deer.|
Anyways - Elephants are awesome!!!