Wild Elephant Reserve

Today, we rode a local bus to a wild elephant reserve, about 20 miles outside of town.  Beautiful, jungle-y countryside.  Felt a lot like the cloud forests of Honduras or Costa Rica. It is really kind of fun to try to communicate when no one speaks any English. Makes you be very creative. Charades and a pen and paper come in handy.  Anyway, the place was beautiful, but we didn’t see any wild elephants. A few tame ones doing a show.  There were a lot of tourists at this place, not just Chinese, but all kinds of southeast asians.  I couldn’t tell you who, but they look quite different.  And lots and lots of people in native dress (the tourists).  And amazingly, Patrick and I were the only caucasians we saw all day.  And lots and lots of people wanted to meet us and say hello (their only word of English), and take our picture. Lots of fun really. There was a beautiful butterfly house, kind of like an aviary, but they had apples and honey out, so the butterflies were everywhere.  They kept mistaking Patrick’s red hat for a flower. Beautiful!
 
Had a wonderful Thai meal tonight.  Very good.  And fresh REAL broccoli.  Usually when you order what you think might be asparagus or broccoli, you get some type of leafy green, but who knows what.  And the mandarin oranges here really are incredible, each one like a little gem of sweetness.  They are great.  And the food is amazingly inexpensive.  Tonight was probably our biggest meal, 5 courses, and it was less than $15 dollars.  $1 for two ice cream bars and a big bottle of water.  We certainly aren’t starving.
 
Jinghong is a little bigger city than we thought, so tomorrow, we are going to go out to a town called Menghai, which is about 45 minutes from here, known for it’s market.  Also near the area where tea was first grown in China, so we are hoping to go to a tea factory, and see an ancient 800 year old tea tree. Hard to imagine a camellia that old.  It is nice here, around 80, but quite humid.  Very nice though.  Plants just thrive here.  Lots of flowers.  Great vegetables.Today, we rode a local bus to a wild elephant reserve, about 20 miles outside of town. Beautiful, jungle-y countryside. Felt a lot like the cloud forests of Honduras or Costa Rica. It is really kind of fun to try to communicate when no one speaks any English. Makes you be very creative. Charades and a pen and paper come in handy. Anyway, the place was beautiful, but we didn’t see any wild elephants. A few tame ones doing a show. There were a lot of tourists at this place, not just Chinese, but all kinds of southeast asians. I couldn’t tell you who, but they look quite different. And lots and lots of people in native dress (the tourists). And amazingly, Patrick and I were the only caucasians we saw all day. And lots and lots of people wanted to meet us and say hello (their only word of English), and take our picture. Lots of fun really. There was a beautiful butterfly house, kind of like an aviary, but they had apples and honey out, so the butterflies were everywhere. They kept mistaking Patrick’s red hat for a flower. Beautiful! Had a wonderful Thai meal tonight. Very good. And fresh REAL broccoli. Usually when you order what you think might be asparagus or broccoli, you get some type of leafy green, but who knows what. And the mandarin oranges here really are incredible, each one like a little gem of sweetness. They are great. And the food is amazingly inexpensive. Tonight was probably our biggest meal, 5 courses, and it was less than $15 dollars. $1 for two ice cream bars and a big bottle of water. We certainly aren’t starving. Jinghong is a little bigger city than we thought, so tomorrow, we are going to go out to a town called Menghai, which is about 45 minutes from here, known for it’s market. Also near the area where tea was first grown in China, so we are hoping to go to a tea factory, and see an ancient 800 year old tea tree. Hard to imagine a camellia that old. It is nice here, around 80, but quite humid. Very nice though. Plants just thrive here. Lots of flowers. Great vegetables.

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One Response to Wild Elephant Reserve

  1. Bobbie Dowd says:

    Wow, Dara and I are having tea right now. Glad the people say hello to you. Sounds like you’re having a great trip. Get some good tea and enjoy!

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