With rucksacks jammed full of adventurous spirit, some Thai baht and a few warm weather clothes, my husband and I recently travelled abroad with our three ,shall I say hesitant, teenagers to the Land of a Thousand Smiles. aka~ Thailand. I am still hearing echoes of ” why can’t we be normal and just go to a place with a pool?” or ” WHY do we have to back pack?” ‘Mom… seriously”….OR the best one…. WHY? Why did you even bring us here?” “if I have to get shots I am not going” ***sigh*** Spoiled rotten teenagers.
Did I just say that out loud? Oops. I love them dearly but seriously they need/needed to learn a thing or two about the rest of the world…. and trust me… they did. Us grown ups did too. I say this with the biggest heart smile you can imagine and an almost laugh out loud.
With only two and a half weeks ticking away on the clock there really was no time to waste. So off we flew out from underneath the sweat laden tarp of heat that envelopes Bangkok. Up up and away and within under the full rotation of the clocks’ two hands we were set upon the lusty smoke laden mountainous lands of Chiang Mai. Sounds kind of exotic doesn’t it? 🙂
There are so many stories to tell about this Northern beauty but that will have to wait for another time. We are focusing on something else this time.
Rescue elephants to be exact. Abused and rescued beautiful elephants living out their days safely and as natural as they were meant to be. This means they are not to be ridden. Ever. This means they are not to be used for logging. Ever. This also means they do not do tricks or play soccer or anything else that a wild animal should ever partake in. Ever any more. These guys ( although most are girls) are deservedly living the life now.
Honestly what I will remember most from our day there was all the LOVE. There had to be buckets of love for all the hard work, dedication and this goes without saying but I am thinking of the piles and piles of money it must take to run and operate this sanctuary. The woman who started this place is one special and dedicated person as are all the mahouts and volunteers who are as invested in the love and caring of these elephants as she is.
It is a beautiful, beautiful place and my family and I have been blessed to have been able to be a small part in helping for a mere couple of hours.please check out the link and if you find yourself in Chiang Mai go check it out. http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/
*ps~ an update~ it wasn’t too far into our family adventure there were many many whispers of “this is actually pretty cool” ..