I woke up this morning as excited as a child on Christmas morning. I have been waiting for this day since we booked our trip in June. It was elephant day! We arrived late last night to our hotel. Everyone was exhausted after a long day of driving through the country side. We could barely see the river flowing outside our balcony but you could hear the loud roaring of the water below. I told the muppets that tomorrow morning we would see elephants bathing in that river.
We quickly finished our breakfast the following morning and started the trek to the end of the street towards the elephant orphanage. As we walked out the front of the building a small herd of elephants passed by heading towards the river. We all stopped in shock that they were walking right in front of us! The elephant orphanage was even more overwhelming.
A herd of at least 20 elephants young and old were all eating in a big field. Lots of people stood around watching them eat and you could see that each family or group was being ushered in to the field buy the “keepers”. They pushed the reluctant and completely overwhelmed muppets towards one of the elephants to pet it. The youngest muppet who loves elephants was frightened by the size of the animal so I looked for something smaller for him to pet. After a few minutes we came across a baby elephant. His small little trunk curled around the smallest muppets hand and he was sold. “I love that baby elephant mummy” he told me later “That is my baby elephant!”
We spent the rest of the morning feeding, bathing and watching the elephants. The youngest and the middle muppet were both brave enough to be dragged kicking and screaming on to the back of an elephant. The elephant ride ended up being both exciting and horrifying but both muppets agreed at the end of the day that it was their favorite part of the day.
At the end of the day I sat by the river while all three muppets played Star Wars around me. It was the perfect end to the day. “It was the bestest day!” the youngest muppet said and I would have to agree with him. A day full of adventure, once in a lifetime experiences and lots of memories to take home.