Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Redwood, Banff... check!
Now Chitwan National Park.
I am now determined to visit as many National Parks as I can in my lifetime.
Chitwan was amazing. It was such a beautiful trip to take with the family.
The kids adored it. They would have liked to stay forever.
We took a bath in the river with elephants. They know the command for dumping people off their backs, so there was a little splashing.
We did an elephant trek. (Our friends gave us many more pictures of us on the trek, but Chinua took them with him- he is en route to England. Grrrr. I'll have to show you later.) It was hard to take photos on a bumpy elephant ride. But it was so nice and quiet. We saw five rhinos in the grass. Chinua and I have a little argument going with the camera... he likes videos, I like stills. No stills of the rhinos.
Then we went for a ride in a dugout canoe.
I don't know that I've ever done anything so beautiful. It was so peaceful and quiet as we glided through the water. We saw a couple of crocodiles.
Nepal is a beautiful, beautiful country.
And these boat guys are incredible. Hopping around on canoes.
I wish I could live on the river. Maybe not with the crocodiles.
But I would like to live next to those trees.
My beautiful friend.
(Disclaimer- she only takes plastic bottles in dire emergencies! We were disappointed with the water situation in Chitwan. Here in Pokhara, there are fill-up stations everywhere, but there... none! And it's a national park!)
Twenty-six day old elephant. It kept falling asleep, standing up. SOOOO cute. There were a lot of working elephants. It's hard to know how to feel. I don't like the shackles. But they do graze for most of the day. But still.
Anyways, it was a great low-budget vacation, I didn't wake up early to write even once. Just soaked it all in. Lovely.