|This elephant was scratching itself on a nail on that post|
|This elephant was dancing|
Back to the awesome stuff though. After we were wearing 100% denim, they gave us a sheet of paper with 10 commands in Thai that we were supposed to commit to memory before we started riding the elephants. The words included things like head down, go, stop, reverse, lift your leg, come and our favorite- yaya, which means no more fruit. I'm sure you agree that these prepared us more for a night in a Thai bedroom than on a Thai elephant. Unfortunately I was so rattled by the fact that I was trying to mount a giant elephant by standing on his leg and hanging off his ear, that I couldn't really remember anything at all.
We each got to practice climbing up- or rather, being hoisted by a small Thai man- onto the elephant and making it turn in a slow circle a couple of times before we took them on a longer ride through a river. We also got to practicing dismounting the elephant, by sliding down it's face. Elephants are tall.
Since everyone else travels in couples, and there were 3 of us that came together, they had Kim, Kyle, and me all squeeze onto one elephant for this longer ride. I was in the front with the stick shouting whatever commands in Thai I could remember, Kyle was in the middle on the hump trying to supersede my commands by yelling in a louder more authoritative voice, and Kim was in the back, with nothing to hold on to, trying desperately not to fall off. HAHAHAA I'm just picturing this again now. It's a lot funnier in retrospect.
|Three deep on an elephant|
|Acting like an elephant on an elephant|
|Holding on for dear life|
|Washing her right behind the ears|
|Well, now there's poo in our hair|
The trip ended with our half day group eating a delicious thai lunch while we watched the other full day group shovel manure by the elephants- and this was when we were SUPER happy we opted for the half day adventure. We then hopped into the back of the truck bed and headed back to our hotel where we fought over who got to shower first.
|Homemade Thai lunch!|
|So happy to not be shoveling manure|