Bold Earth Thailand’s Best July 21: Today we woke up to the smell of breakfast being prepared. We got to munch on eggs, toast, peanut butter, pineapple, watermelon and some of us even drank hot chocolate.
Bold Earth’s Thailand Teen Trip
At 8:30 am, half of the Bold Earth team decided that we were up to the challenge of a two hour hike. We trekked through more jungle and bamboo forests. We finally reached a breathtaking view of a waterfall that we all got to jump in and swim around in!! It was incredibly refreshing. We felt like the luckiest group of people alive. we also had a Thai dog named “Pipol” follow us the whole way.
Anyway, we all packed back into the Bold Earth trucks and spent about another 20 minutes bouncing down the road before stopping for snacks. There was a small Thai shop on the side of the road that was about the equivalent of one of those little stores at gas stations in America. It was a wonderful feeling, stopping for snacks. I don’t think enough people appreciate how glorious it really is. Especially on this incredible trip where everything is culturally sooooo different. Especially when we found out the snacks were on the house. (We were all very thankful to Allison for that) It was like we had just stumbled upon the treasure trove of delectable snackage from heaven.
After the lifesaving snack stop, we continued on the road to our next destination: the Elephant Training Facility!!!! We crossed a long bridge over a river before reaching the elephants we were to be traveling upon for approximately half an hour. We rode on chairs on the elephant’s backs in pairs, crossing hills as well as wading through a river (the elephants, not us; thankfully we were not required to get out and push). I was riding with Mikayla on the second elephant in the caravan behind Becca and Anna. Both pairs were taking quite a few Bold Earth pictures of each other throughout the ride. Mikayla and my elephant’s driver was singing in Thai and picking leaves off of the trees. When everyone in the group was shouting “Oh my God!” When going up a hill, our driver said “Oh my Buddha!” with the heavy Thai accent and everything. That had me smiling for a few minutes after.
After we returned to the starting point, we dismounted the elephants. At the end of the ride, Becca’s shoe fell off the top of the elephant onto the ground. Before she could retrieve it, Mark and Karen’s elephant picked it up off the ground with its trunk and handed it to the driver, who in turn passed it to Mark who finally delivered it back to Becca. AMAZING!
We downed some pad thai in a classic Bold Earth lunch before heading off to the bamboo rafts. It was the equivalent of a lazy river ride, very relaxing and nice. The man steering the boat let each of us take the long bamboo stick he was using to steer and try propelling the boat by ourselves. We declared Anya the master Bold Earth steer-er. Towards the end of the ride, Lauren, Mikayla, Jackson, Anya and I laid down on the raft and put the straw hats over our faces. We talked about what we will do tomorrow to help the orphans at the Bold Earth evening meeting, and we are all relaxing now.
Bold Earth 2013, Bold Earth’s Thailand’s Best