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Riding Elephants

Tied to an Elephant

Alison Teal | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Alison Teal

Indeed, after a few dozen yards, the elephant stumbled. Well, maybe she didn't stumble so much as stop walking and look around at me. The trainer who was riding with his legs straddling the elephant's neck, his feet on her ears, turned and glared at me.

Riding An Elephant In Thailand

Mike Dunphy | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Mike Dunphy

Whatever your view of elephant riding, the time together was life-changing -- not just for their sublime balance of majesty and gentleness, but for the gaze, which penetrates the ecological conscience.

Bananas for My Elephant

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 07.10.2011 | Travel
Denise Vivaldo

Last year, I went to Thailand, which was my husband's dream vacation. A local tour guide told us about the "Spend the Day with An Elephant" excursion. I was in.