Elephants! (tour guides part 3)

I have a minor obsession with elephants, and up until now have never been on one for more than 5 minutes, so I was super excited that we were planning on taking our guests to an elephant camp! We figured with two more adults helping out, we could manage our three children for the event.

2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (3 of 25)We found a great deal for a new elephant camp outside of town and decided to give it a try. They took us out in their van, and after an introductory speech about elephants and a welcome drink, we went over to meet and feed the elephants. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (4 of 25) 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (5 of 25)We then loaded up and trundled off for our 30 minute ride. We took three elephants – one kid on each. Our particular guide, was very happy to take some pictures of us.  He ended up hopping down off the elephant and taking dozens of pictures, to my surprise later when I looked back through them.  Good thing it’s a digital camera!2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (1 of 25)To his credit, he got some great shots, like this one. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (2 of 25)And some “creatively framed” ones, as well (above).  At one point we got a little nervous, because he wandered so far away taking pictures of scenery and everyone else, that we ended up alone on our elephant, and our elephant got to doing her own thing.2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (7 of 25)The ride was fun, although rather short. But, that actually turned out to be a good thing, because it was blazing hot out that day! 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (8 of 25) 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (9 of 25)After the ride, we spent a little more time with the elephants at the feeding post, and one of the elephants was pretty interested in Isla and ended up slobbering snot all over her baby carrier!   2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (10 of 25)By far the best part of the day was bathing the elephants. I guess they got pretty dirty on our little walk.2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (11 of 25)I think the elephants enjoyed cooling off as much as we did.  Riding mine in the water, was like riding a bucking bronco! Of course, I have no experience on a bucking bronco, so I may be being a little dramatic.  2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (12 of 25) 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (13 of 25)The mahouts (“elephant wrangler” to the layperson) said that only one person could go at a time, so the girls waited on shore. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (14 of 25)I again got ditched by my mahout and ended up riding solo.  A little adrenaline makes the experience that much more exciting! 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (15 of 25) 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (16 of 25)We explained to the mahouts that our girls don’t know how to swim yet, but they still wanted to have a turn bathing, and they reassured us that they’d take good care of them. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (17 of 25)Getting sprayed! 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (18 of 25)And again. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (19 of 25)Ryan’s brother and Elise were the last to go in. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (20 of 25)

Nothing better than a clean elephant!2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (21 of 25) 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (22 of 25)Elise got her turn washing her elephant.2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (23 of 25)She also got a good soaking. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (24 of 25)The girls absolutely LOVED it, and wanted to get back in right away. 2015-09-21 elephant riding with kids in Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (25 of 25)We got to say one last goodbye to the elephants before heading out.  Elise left in tears, because she hadn’t had enough time with the elephants.  I’m sure we’ll be back sometime in the future, because Mommy’s as fond of these massive creatures as the kids are!

What’s your favorite animal?

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8 thoughts on “Elephants! (tour guides part 3)”

    1. It’s just before Kuang Si waterfalls. There are a lot of great elephant camps around. This one just happened to be running a promotion, which is why we chose it. We’ll probably go to a different camp next time.

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  1. Wow, what a great outing for your family and guests! I don’t know that I have a favorite animal. I know that I DON’T like snakes, rodents, creepy-crawly or squishy-slimy things.

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  2. Dear Ryan & Melissa, thank you so much for all these wonderful photos, of yourselves and Kyle and Brianna. We love to see you and our lovely Gr. Grandchildren. Love from Papa and Nana in Ireland. xxxxx.

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