This day will never come again.

My life according to a Thomas Merton quote.
Easter dinner on Railay Beach during sunset. Thanking God & feeling grateful!  (at อ่าวไร่เลย์ ตะวันตก (Railay Beach West))

Easter dinner on Railay Beach during sunset. Thanking God & feeling grateful! (at อ่าวไร่เลย์ ตะวันตก (Railay Beach West))

Yokfaa (maybe Yok Faa)

Yokfaa is just under two years old and is such a cutie! We watched her play in the mini pool and she was as athletic as a newborn horse. All stumbles and trips into the pool.

Yod Yaem is about 20 years old and considered a shorty for a bull elephant. His name means “The Best.” His left frot leg is longer than the others but he is a great painter and very sweet.

My ride with Pisamy

Twice a day we ride Pisamy to the river to take a bath. A line of 7 elephants walk down the road and past the motorcycles and cars to a side street leading to the river. It’s not uncommon for a kid to ride by the elephants on a bike. We ride past street food stands, a barber shop and a small 7-11 type store.

Today we’ll ride to the Royal Kraal which is a coral that was used historically for royalty to choose the best elephant to be trained to fight.

Pisamy the Elephant

Pisamy the Elephant

Pisamy the Elephant

Elephant Boom Boom

One of the Mahouts called me over to watch this while the lady elephant was in the washing station. The bull hadn’t arrived yet so I was a bit confused until I saw the bull walk up and sniff the lady’s butt. “Ohhhhhhhh” Poor gal had to stand there for about an hour waiting for the Mahouts to switch out guys who might take a fancy to her.

I tried to ask the Mahout more about gestation, how they mate in the wild, why it took so long for the elephants to get to it but because of the language barrier all I got was “Elephant Boom Boom.”

Thai barber shop in Ayutthaya

Thai barber shop in Ayutthaya

Sweet Pisamy is so old and small enough that we don’t use the platform to get on her. She bends down and we hold her ear and climb. Sort of like getting on a horse but more awkward.

Sweet Pisamy is so old and small enough that we don’t use the platform to get on her. She bends down and we hold her ear and climb. Sort of like getting on a horse but more awkward.

How do you tell an elephant you like them?