And what did YOU do today?

I spent the day doing this…

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And it was as wonderful as I hoped!  (And scarier than I expected – at least for the first few minutes.)

My parents rode them too, but only for the first ride (out of 3 total), and decided to walk the other times.  My mom is afraid of heights, my dad complained his butt hurt after the first ride (Karl complained of the same thing).  They enjoyed walking with the elephants though!

If you’re wondering why at times we’re looking down at other elephants, it was because Karl and I rode the biggest/tallest elephant there (a good 4 feet taller than the smallest adult one).  It was awesome, but I was totally terrified at first when it stood up with us on top!

We went to Ran Tong Elephant Training Camp, and I totally recommend it!  More pictures to come – we get a CD of pictures too, delivered to our hotel tomorrow!

This was a once in a lifetime experience that I’m definitely hoping to do it again!

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19 responses to “And what did YOU do today?

  1. Wow! You are so lucky to get to do such fun things!

  2. Love it! Great pictures too!

  3. Laura

    So cool so cool so cool! Thanks for sharing all your amazing experiences with us.

  4. Carla you are so brave! I’ve ridden elephants before and been to sanctuaries in Thailand but as much as they are my favorite animal, I am petrified of them! Oh the irony, but it looks like you are having a great time! Mention the wonderful food of SE Asia please!

    • It was scary at first (we practiced on the little elephant first — the 6 year old, not the 4 month old baby — who answered commands fine, but rode the biggest one who was super stubborn), but after a while you just have to let it go and enjoy the experience!

  5. OMG this looks amazing!!!! I am so jealous of your extremely awesome adventures with tigers and elephants!!!

    • It really was amazing!!! It was everything I expected and more! I can’t stop thinking about it today! You know like the day after a really good date when you keep replaying it in your mind? That’s me with the elephants today!

  6. EEEEEE! I just want to squeal – so awesome! Looks like a perfect experience :-).

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