Another day in paradise! Who can complain when you get to play outside in tropical weather with elephants?! We sure cant…
Today, some volunteers got to take the ellies for a hike in the jungle. We watched them pick fruit off the trees, walked in their paths, and even jumped in the river with them! We got to swim alongside one of the elephants, and used buckets to wash her off. Apparently the ellie did not like being clean, since she immediately ran for the mud when she got out. So what did we do… of course we played in the mud too! What a refreshing way to spend the morning!
While some got to hike, others got to help in reforestation. Banana trees were transplanted from deep in the jungle, to the outskirts of the forest. The trees were pruned to promote secondary growth, and the hopes are that the transplanting will help to thicken and expand the forest. And all of this happened before lunch! Talk about productivity!
This afternoon we added to the stock of fruit trees growing in the nursery. We cleaned top soil and packed it into biodegradable bags, then planted seeds in each. We got to work together as one big happy family! But of course with this crazy group, we had some fun too. We had a bit of a “work photo shoot” capturing the hot and sweaty boys of Reach Out, and the strong and dirty girls.
The Captain of Conservation Rangers let us use their practice air soft gun. Looks like a machine gun, but shoots pellets…so safe. We all got to take turns shooting at a teeny tiny target. And it ended up turning into Canada VS America at the shooting range. But a little competition never hurt any one.
Man oh man do we have fun. Whether its work, hanging out after dinner, or taking an afternoon lay down. Games, jokes, and good times are constantly being shared. There’s no bonding like being in the middle of a jungle, sleeping with bugs, working with dirt, and playing with elephants.