To The Elephant Camp We Go
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
27Trip End Jan 28, 2011
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The camp is approx. 30--40 minutes north of BCNC. Upon our arrival students wanted to get a group picture with the entrance sign. Following the photo shoot we watched the trainers bathe the elephants in the river. Now that the elephants were clean, they were ready to take part in the 1 hr. talent show. We saw elephants play basketball, soccer, paint, twirl rings, play dead, pose in numerous positions and perform stunts with their trainers
Following the elephant show, we rode on an ox-drawn cart ride. Each pair of oxen could pull a wagon with 4 people on it. An all wood cart is not the smoothest ride on earth. This was the funniest part of the trip. I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. On my cart was Nong Maew, Aj, Newie, another student and myself. The driver asked if we wanted him to take a picture of us. I said yes and gave him my camera. He handed the reigns over to Nong Maew as he got down off the cart to take our pictures. Well, I believe Nong Maew started to pull back on the reigns. In so doing the oxen began to move backwards. The problem was, we were sitting on the edge of a hill. So, when the oxen moved backwards the cart began to move backwards and we almost fell off the side of the hill. You should have seen the look on Nong Maew's face. It was sheer terror. She was yelling at the driver. Aj Newie, from the back, was leaning over my seat, yelling and grabbing the reigns too. 'The driver kept taking our picture and would not respond to their call for help. It was as if he wanted to see us fall off the hill. I just laughed and laughed.
Next, was the 45 min
We had lunch at the camp. The students said this was the best meal to date. We had Massaman Curry, rice, fried chicken, stir fried vegetables, salad, noodle dish and guava. They even had ice cream for dessert. Following lunch we headed down the river on a bamboo raft. Each raft had 2 drivers. One in the back and one in the front. Small benches were placed on the rafts and handled 3 - 6 people per raft. The raft ride was approximately 45 minutes in length. It was very relaxing. Some of the students were given a bamboo stick to assist with steering
We returned back to campus around 3 pm which allows me to update my blog and catch a little nap before we go to the Winter Red Cross Fair. My students are going tonight with our orange BCNC shirts and will be asked to participate in the fundraiser events for BCNC. I am sure that they will recruit one or two American students to MC the show. I wonder who that will be.