Thai Elephant Home. We learned the differences between Asian elephants and African elephants. African elephants have two "fingers" on their trunk and Asian have only one. Both male and female African elephants grow huge tusks; only male Asian elephants grow large tusks. Females have short little "teeth". African elephants are much bigger than even the largest Asian elephants. Asian elephants come in small, medium, and large. The ones at Thai Elephant Home were considered medium. They have different feet too. Also, Joe claims that Asian elephants are smarter. :)
And then....ELEPHANTS!!!! We got to go down where our elephants for the day were kept and we got to feed them bananas. This girl really wanted that banana I was holding.
Actually, I think she wanted the whole bunch.
How cool is this? A whole row of elephants? That I could touch? And feed?
Well it gets even better. Joe showed us how to get on an elephant.
And then we all got on elephants!!!
This was just practice and the real fun was to come. We each got on our own elephant and took off riding into the jungle! My elephants name was Ruby and I loved her.
I think these pictures are so cool. Although I'm not sure what's going on with Ryan's extra passenger there. I will have to ask him about this. I think she might have been someone that signed up to help at the elephant camp for a week because I know she wasn't one of the mahouts. She must have been tired of walking and hitched a ride.
Once we got to our mountaintop destination after quite awhile of riding, we stopped to have lunch. They brought out pad thai packaged in banana leaves. Yummy.
Then we gave some elephants mud baths! Ryan's elephant Boo Yun, was one of the elephants that wanted a bath and I was excited because Boo Yun was such a sweet, calm, big elephant that I just wanted to love on. And then she blew mud all over all of us. Several times. I think Ryan was matched with the perfect elephant for him. The elephant below is not Boo Yun but the picture of us below that is after mud bathing Boo Yun.
Then we started our descent. Look how muddy Boo Yun is in these pictures. Hehe.
Then we made our way down to the river to wash off our elephants.
Later that night, we ventured to the Night Market for dinner and a little shopping. For two pasta dishes, one veggie dish, a Coke, fruit smoothie, and Chang, it cost us 9 USD. I couldn't believe it. Also unbelievable is that we ordered that much food in one sitting.
|Yes, this was the most flattering picture I had of both of us. My bad. We were hungry.|