Jungles, rivers and rice paddies on a rural elephant trek in Laos.
Petting an elephant in Laos.
Watching and learning from the elephant as we watch him mow down on lunch!
I enjoy meeting and greeting the elephant.
Ana's smooth hand against the wrinkled and tough elephant skin.
Ana is dwarfed in size by the huge bull elephant.
Ana and I walk back from our elephant trek in Hongsa, Laos.
Rural Laos elephant trek.
An elephant's feet, including the chain anklet that is left on so they can easily be fastened in place.
A small boy looks on in wonder at the huge bull elephant walking by in Hongsa, Laos.
The chain around our elephants leg, Hongsa, Laos.
Bull elephant in Hongsa, Laos.
This little boy was dazzled by the falang riding by on an elephant in Hongsa, Laos.
If you've ever wondered what elephant poop looks like, this is it folks.
Ana spends a few minutes riding on the elephant's neck outside of Hongsa, Laos before deciding she'd rather walk and watch him wander around.
An elephant munches on trees and bushes outside of Hongsa, Laos.
The mahout leads the elephant along the river in Laos.
Enjoying getting to know our elephant on the trek.
A large bull elephant eating.
Ana and a bull elephant.
An elephant munching on his lunch outside of Hongsa, Laos.
Ana is psyched to watch the elephant relax and eat near the river.
The elephant snacks on bamboo in Laos.
His strong trunk was able to rip down small trees as his lunch snack in Laos.
Our elephant was pretty happy to munch on trees throughout a long lunch hour.
A large bull elephant in Laos.
Wet from his bath, the elephant munches on trees and bamboo.
Ana and I watch the elephant enjoy his lunch in Laos.
The elephant is pretty happy to have some free time to play in the water.
An huge Asian elephant in Laos.
The soulful eye of a bull elephant in Laos.
A huge bull elephant trekking in Laos.
Elephant trekking in Laos.
Ana hamming it up on her elephant trek in Laos.
The rice paddies and wide open fields of rural Laos, outside of Hongsa.
A house in the rice fields in rural Laos.
Rural Laos on our elephant trek.
Cows in a field in rural Laos.
A rural elephant trek outside of Hongsa, Laos.
The wide plains and hillsides of Hongsa, Laos.
A gaggle of geese squawked by as we trekked in Hongsa, Laos.
A pretty lily pond in Laos.
Elephant walking down the streets of Hongsa, Laos.
A worker digs on the roadside in rural Laos.