Riding Elephants!

7 11 2012

Today was amazing. I went to Elephant Village and did a day long outing learning, riding, and playing with elephants in the water. I can’t say enough good things about this place; they use rescued elephants from working in the logging industry and treat them incredibly well.  After all was said and done, we took a short boat ride up the river to see the Tad Sae waterfalls were myself and a fella named Luke proceeded to jump off every ledge we could find. It was an amazing day. Now I’m off to explore the night market in Luang Prabang.

I want one...

I want one…

Me at the Tad Sae waterfalls; this doesn't do them justice...

Me at the Tad Sae waterfalls; this doesn’t do them justice…

The falls

The falls

All of us about to go for a little swim

All of us about to go for a little swim

Jump!

Jump!

Chilling on top

Chilling on top

My ride

My ride

Grabbing some grub before the swim

Grabbing some grub before the swim

A quick stroll

A quick stroll

Into the river we go

Into the river we go

This descent was steep!

This descent was steep!

The group

The group

Practicing

Practicing

The first ride

The first ride

 

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Luang Prabang, Laos

3 11 2012

This place is awesome. Today I rented a trek mountain bike for the day and cycled outside of town to some lesser known waterfalls. There are some really popular ones, which I will visit in days to come, but for now just exploring the lesser known roads was fun.

It’s so nice to be on the bike again and I am almost as excited to get back to the States and ride as I am to do anything else once I’m there. The roads here were pretty good; there was little traffic and after a while I turned off the “bigger” road and followed a gravel road for about 4 km.

I saw so much random stuff today on a short bike ride that I’m still trying to grasp it. Where to begin? As far as on the bike, I cycled over a live snake, I almost crashed into a herd of cattle or water buffalo (not sure what they were), saw a man put a goat in something resembling a burlap sack, flip it on its side and then drive off with it straddling a scooter, and raced a kid (probably 7 years old) on an electric bicycle for the better part of a kilometer – he was fast!

Once I got to the hiking start for the waterfalls, I parked the bike and hiked up to the falls. It took me the better part of an hour to reach the top. The entire way I was swatting awake mosquitoes and random bugs. All was going smooth, until I looked down and had a spider the size of a deck of cards on my shirt, where I proceeded to flip out in the middle of the jungle almost rolling down the side of the mountain, haha (I laugh now but at the time I was screaming like a little girl). The falls weren’t that impressive, but it was nice to be in the shade for a while before heading back out on the bike and hitting up the hills again.

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