Chitwan Travel Blog› entry 15 of 21 › view all entries
April 8th, 2008 – by: aelder2259
After breakfast, Earle and the rest of the gang leave the resort to visit other schools. Iâ€™m to stay another day and fly back to Kathmandu. After they leave, I get talked into going on another elephant safari. This time, I have no butt soreness and the ride seems smoother. We were also in luck and find two rhinos in the jungle. Part of it is because I saw a wallow in the opposite direction and pointed it out to the mahout, asking if itâ€™s a sign a rhino is nearby. After seeing the wallow for himself, he heads the elephant in the direction I pointed out.
After we get back and have lunch, I decide to take a short nap. Between the heavy duty massage the other day and the butt workout of the elephant ride yesterday, I ache all over and need the extra sleep. I only doze, however, because I donâ€™t want to miss the elephant bathing at 2:30. Itâ€™s so hot that I want to get in the river not so much to bathe the elephants, but to cool off.
The first elephant I try to climb up on while in the river is fairly easy. Iâ€™m even able to hold on to her ears and stay on while she tries to dunk me three times.
At 4:30pm, the resort director arranges for a boat to paddle me up river to the village. The village children are eager to have their picture taken and I have to remind them again and again not to grab my camera. A grandmother that looked over 100, but was probably only in her 40s, begs me for money while husking wheat, only to be berated by her (apparent) son. The boat ride back to the resort is beautiful since itâ€™s now dusk and the sunset is the most beautiful Iâ€™ve seen. Iâ€™ve never seen the sun so orange before! The rainbow colors of the sunset reflect on the water and it reminds me of a water color painting.
After dinner and a slideshow about the park, I go to bed early (again.)
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