We all were already very happy (with our full tummies) to be finally entering into the park. But then, what was that???!! A horn bill? We birders had been saying to each other, “We might even see a horn bill, who knows!” But to be greeted by several Great Horn Bill upon entering the park? Wow. We were parked, recovering from the sighting of these huge birds, when who comes plodding down the road. Yes. A wild elephant.
Hello, big dude. As Steve said, “Ten Thousand baht” — would this creature touch our rented truck? He was huge. Now that was a wonderful start to the time in the park!
On the way, on the way to jungle time! We love our vacations with Beth& Steve& co. We have very similar tastes of what is fun and what is not. For these small-town gardener hikers living in megacity concrete world, what we want to do during vacation is get somewhere green. Period. A place with clean air and starry skies is also a priority!! So we took the 3 hour train trip up to Isaan to Khao Yai national park. It was a long trip for these small ones and the hungry and thirsty nursing mothers. Picking up the rental truck and trying to find lunch in a new city was also stressful. BUT!! Who knew what awaited us!!
This little one had done some major growing since I last saw her. I am so glad that we have gotten to see again her during this baby stage but it’s bittersweet as the other aunties would also LOVE to see her but can’t. So I gave her extra hugs and cuddles for their sake too. She’s laid back, a self-soother, she has a cute squint when she is tired. She is picky about where she nurses and when we were visiting, she was scooting off her blanket onto the floor. She loves her baths — the opposite of my little one!