Elephant Time

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The second day of our Hill Tribe Jungle Trek included an elephant ride. Of course, it was incredible to be riding the largest land animal in the world, but I likened it to being a child at a petting zoo riding the lazily sauntering ponies in a circle around and around again. It was (naturally) a very tame and safe experience and after dismounting, Marion and I agreed that we would have been just as happy with our elephant experience if we had just spent the time bathing them and feeding them without riding them. BUT, I wouldn’t have known that having not ridden them. I’m glad to have done it and that’ll be enough to last a lifetime I think. You will, however, find me at an elephant sanctuary sometime before I leave Thailand!

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This was our first excited sighting of them, being led across the river.
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Obviously, we all rushed in and timidly poured tiny palmfuls of water over them and felt them for the first time.
This mahout (elephant trainer) was really rough and mean to his elephant, keeping it on a leash the entire time, yelling at it, and being a big meanie all around. Not good.
This mahout (elephant trainer) was really rough and mean to his elephant, keeping it on a leash the entire time, yelling at it, and being a big meanie all around. Not good.
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Luckily, the mahout for our elephant was very sweet to his animal. He was really gentle and didn’t use a leash, instead trailed behind the animal slowly and idly.
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Elephants have coarse hair, especially on their heads which looks silly and unexpected.
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Marion and I on our ‘phant. Its name was San Dee.
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Dumbo. See the hair?! I kept my bare feet on its shoulders the whole ride, it felt surreal to be feeling the slow shifting of its legs and the warmth of its thick skin.
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This happens. Lots.
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