Today will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life. A lover of elephants for as long as I can remember, today we traveled far outside the city up into the jungle to become an "elephant owner for the day" at Patara Elephant Farm. I did a lot of research before choosing Patara because there are countless Elephant excursions in the area but I wanted to be sure we chose one that was ethically and morally agreeing with what we believed. They rescue elephants and rehabilitate them to eventually reintroduce them into the wild.
Taking care of an elephant is not an easy job and this adventure wouldn't have been for anyone who was out of shape (well I am, but you know). There was lots of trekking up and down muddy, rocky mountainsides and I am sore from head to toe as I write this the next morning. Andy and I were both lucky and were given the mama elephants with young babies! My baby, Naipa was only 4 months old and Andy's was a couple years. I will let the pictures do most of the talking. Between ours, the ones they took and our GOPro footage, we will have more to come :)
After our day with the gentle giants we went to happy hour, of course, and then headed into the night market in town. It goes on for what seems like endless streets and there is at least more variety of fakes than MBK Center!