Today I am still in Laos. I rode an elephant today!! It was mostly awesome. I did feel bad for the elephant though. I kind of felt sorry for her, just hauling tourists around all day. But, the place I went to, they are rescue elephants!! This place saves the elephants from a life of hauling stuff when building new roads. So, maybe a tourist on your back and a good meal is better than building a road. I bet it is. It was on the Mekong river. We went through the jungle first and then came out at the river, and walked through there for a while. It was pretty beautiful. Came to a village where kids were playing in the river and the local monks were bathing. I didn't take any pictures of the monks bathing. I thought it might be weird. After the ride, we got to feed the elephants and hang out with them. They are so gentle. It's pretty amazing how gentle they are. I thanked my elephant for the ride. I wanted to give her a kiss, but maybe I thought that would be weird. So I gave her a bunch of sugar cane and bananas. I think she liked that better. Here are a few photos. I had to clear out my photo cards. Maybe I will post tomorrow, but maybe not. A full day tomorrow. Going to the Buddha caves by boat in the morning and then the waterfalls in the afternoon. Maybe I will have time to post before I leave Laos for Vietnam.