As we climbed into the little boat for the short ride to the falls, I laughed out loud. I remembered being in a boat like this four years ago, riding to the same falls (but we didn't ride elephants then). I remembered the surprise of it; back then we'd thought the tuktuk would take us directly to the falls, so the boat ride was entirely unexpected. I remember laughing out loud then, at the wonder of being in a small boat somewhere so far away from my wildest dreams, under a brilliant blue sky. This morning the sky was not blue, and the air was chilly, but as the boat pulled out into the river I couldn't help but laugh out loud again at the wonder of my life.
|Freezing cold! And about to climb into that boat behind us.|
|I love being in a boat with this guy.|
|Riverside gardens everywhere, and those baskets are for fishing.|
The elephant camp is near Tad Sae waterfalls, which feature brilliant aqua-colored water. They also offer ziplining, but we were there to hike around the area and then ride an elephant.
|such a soft color|
|Tad Sae Waterfalls|
|This picture makes me smile so much|
|we hiked pretty far back|
|SO much fun!|
|We didn't get the elephant's name, rats!|
|Marc's beautiful shot of the back of the elephant's ear|
|and such a bristly head -- but the hair on the elephant's back was soft|
|something to remember always|
|the rear view -- maybe the elephant wouldn't like this shot|
|the mahout took us into the water too|
|and grabbed this shot|
|a short 30-minute ride|
|I asked if I could take his picture, and he struck this pose.|
|blue skies for the ride back to the dock|
Happy Thanksgiving! As always, I have so much to be grateful for, including the best traveling partner in the whole wide world.