Mary Ann the Mahout
Well, today was another amazing day in Amazing Thailand. We went out in the country to a wonderful Elephant riding experience. Unlike the fish yesterday, Mary Ann took to riding the elephant, like, well, a fish to water.
Ride ’em Mahout Girl!
Mahout is Thai for Elephant trainer. We only did the one day experience. If you want to do a 4 day experience you can get certified as an official Mahout. Neither of us need that on our resume, so we stuck to one day. We learned how to give them simple commands (left, right, forward and stop).
Mary Ann just crawled right up on that 4 ton animal and started bossing it around.
She had no fear of feeding them by hand. We fed them Sugar Cane and Bananas.
When we were done with our hour ride we bathed them in the river.
They loved the water. The loved to play. The would roll around under water and you did not know where they would come up. A a baby elephant swam around and sprayed us from his snout. A ounce in a life time experience.
Yes, I rode also.
You have to give them commands in Thai. I couldn’t remember the words so I just spoke cowboy to my elephant, and of course he ignored me.
All in all this ranks up there with the day we swam with the pink dolphins in the Amazon for wildlife adventure experiences! Highly recommended if you ever find yourself in the Land of Smiles!
In the morning, Mary Ann takes off for a four hour “life changing” spa experience. Me, I am just going to rest my tired butt! Riding an elephant without a saddle is like, well, riding an elephant without a saddle I guess.
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