I spend an embarrassing amount of time watching videos of fat, cute, fluffy and adorable animals (particularly kittens and puppies). You do it do? Fantastic, let’s be friends. Ok, well you know that feeling you get when you watch a kitten play with a ball of yarn and it clumsily falls on its side? Or when you watch a puppy yawn while taking a nap and YOUJUSTWANTTOEXPLODE!?
Ok, now multiply those feelings by a gazillion trillion….
That, plus a billion more of THAT, is what I felt when we got to spend a day with an elephant family at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. I have no story, no words, no silly thing that happened like my other Thailand posts because I can’t. I cannot. I’m not capable of describing this powerful, beyond amazing and most incredible experience.
Even now, just thinking about the moment I saw them for the first time… when I saw Peter (the two year old “baby” elephant) run towards us after spotting loads of bananas in our hands… when the four year old “teenager” elephant gave me a hug and I couldn’t handle the cuteness… when I got to stand in silence with the fifty four year old pregnant mama elephant… when I jumped in a disgusting puddle of mud to give them mud baths, worth it… when I semi-overcame my fear of rocks and water to bathe with Peter and his family in a refreshing river in the jungles of Chiang Mai…when I silently cried while splashing water with the massive gentle creatures because one day I will roam the jungles with them… and the moment I turned to look at Eddie and noticed him looking at me instead of the elephants with that smile he makes when he finds pure joy in making my dreams come true… Even now, just thinking about those moments, I just can’t. No words or photos will ever be good enough for the beauty and power we got to experience. So as I wipe my tears (seriously, I’m crying now), here are some of the photos I managed to capture that day… looking back, I don’t remember taking most of these I was simply in complete awe and even forgot how to turn on my camera at one point. …