a day of sightseeing accomplished. we loved the elephant parks – we had to go to two. one for the show and one for riding. the show was fantastic – started with a bath (for the elephants, of course).
then a show – they played soccer, they painted, they created music with harmonicas (and i have to be honest here and tell you that i didn’t notice the harmonicas at first and thought that the swinging around of their trunks was making noise, you know – like the musical tube things.)
and we got to get up close and personal with the elephants
then it was off to the monkey school – creepy monkey school. the kids thought it was great, wanted to bring a monkey home with them, keep it as a pet. but i think everyone over the age of 14 thought it was pretty creepy. yuck. many of the male monkeys seemed to be in a constant state of, hmmm, how to say this delicately, maturity.
then to the next elephant park for elephant and ox cart riding. i never would have made it across america in a horse drawn carriage – those things are a bit rough. while we were riding the elephants we came across a momma and her a few month old baby.
and then we went to visit the akha hill tribe. we arrived there fairly late in the day, not much activity happening, but very interesting.
then home. where a photo op of my mom sleeping was missed, probably because i was sleeping, too.