Today was an awe inspiring day for the Bold earth crew. We begin our day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast at the Maejo guest house. Shortly after we embarked on our journey to animal, kingdom, a.k.a. The Elephant Nature park. Our guide Pi Tea took us around the park as he introduced with the rescued elephants. All of them were very excited to see him because he usually comes with treats.
The Elephants gradually became more comfortable with us and one approached Anna so she could say hello. Another big elephant showed us love by spraying Marco with dirt. After seeing many friendly families of elephants and learning about the rescue stories, we made our way to the main building for a super yummy vegetarian lunch, including fresh fruit, a variety of noodles and veggies, and most importantly ice water!
Once we devoured our meals some of us and grabbed a sweet treat at the café. Zoe sampled the traditional Thai tea and loved it. Meanwhile, at the gift shop a few of us went on an elephant trinket shopping spree. Jolie was elated to find a locally made cat bracelet. After that, Marco found his calling as the bunny man.
Soon after we loaded up the vans to return to the guest house and on the way Skylar entertained us with their beautiful singing. Once we got back, Amelia sprawled out on the hammock as Kelly experimented with the fresh aloe growing on the property. For a bit before dinner, we got some time to relax and Liv taught Pi M how to make a friendship bracelet. We enjoyed the chicken teriyaki dinner with a side of fried mushrooms, a Thai staple. We ended the night by presenting a card to express our profound gratitude to our leaders Cody and Maia. Marco led an exciting evening meeting and the question of the day ‘if you could be any animal, what animal would you be?’ had everyone laughing.
Note from Cody and Maia— we’re headed to our home stays in the northern jungle for 2 nights/3 days so our blogs will resume when we come back down! Can’t wait to share our amazing time with you all.