Priceless

10.04.2012

While we were in India we got to do something that I have been wanting to do forever. It's something that has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I have to say it is one of the coolest things I've ever done. But before I tell you about it, I have to start from the beginning because I don't want to leave anything out from our trip.

So, we decided to spend our first free day doing a little bit of sightseeing. Our first item on the agenda was a tour of a local spice plantation. Even though it was a bazillion degrees outside, we still managed to have a good time and we left with some fun goodies. I won't bore you to death with all of the "spicy" details (haha!) but I do want to share a few pictures.
Upon arrival they greeted us by placing a bindi on our foreheads and serving us hot tea made with several spices from the plantation.
Then we had a tour guide who led us through the plantation and showed us each different spice that was grown there. My favorite part of the tour was the surrounding scenery. It was just beautiful!


 As you can tell, Emerson had a great time too. I guess spice talk isn't all that interesting to toddlers...
After the tour we were offered a buffet of local cuisine and we were able to peruse their shop for own spices to take home. I bought black pepper, cinnamon sticks, and fresh vanilla pods. 

After the spice tour we moved on to the part of our day that we had all been waiting for:
We became fast friends with these three amazing animals! Although I can't remember their names I can tell you a little bit about them. The middle one is the dad and he is around 58 years old. The one to the left is the mom and she is 32 years old and the baby on the right is 15. 

I have always wondered what an elephant's trunk feels like and now I can finally say that I know!
 And Emerson can too!





After spending some time with the sweet babies, we were given the opportunity to take a little ride.

Daddy and Emerson went first:



 And then my friend Jessica and I took a turn.


Riding the elephants was pretty neat but I have to say that just being able to get up close to them and touch them was the best part. They truly are amazing animals and I'm so thankful for such an amazing experience.
But you know what was even better than experiencing it myself? Watching it all through the eyes of my child. She was beside herself with excitement and continued to make the elephant noise all the way back to our hotel. And that, my friends, is priceless.

Rebekah said...

Oh my word! What an amazing experience!!

Paula Lynch said...

Our little global citizen. Amazing pictures. Love you.

Natalie said...

That is so cool! Glad you got to do this!

Meg G said...

That is so awesome!

Michelle said...

Ahh I am SO so jealous!! What an amazing adventure!! And it will be so fun for Emerson to look back on all these amazing things she did and saw when she is older!!

Mateya said...

How cool is that?! Love it!

Beth Ann said...

How awesome! Love it that you got to share such a neat experience as a family!

Lindsay said...

What an awesome experience!

Mallorie said...

Oh I LOVE THIS! How neat! I'm jealous of your fresh pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks! That's what I would have brought home too!!!

Mandy said...

What an amazing experience that you can look back on forever now!! I'm so glad you guys have had these amazing opportunities and now E can be along for the ride, too!! :) Love all of the pics!!

ajs {of MN} said...

aweee... lucky lucky little girl!
i have no idea what avrie would do if she were to see one up close and personal and then to RIDE on one! wow- what a great time!

LAURA@laurasblondemoments said...

Hey Tami :)

I'm in awe right now at the beautiful photos (what lens/camera/photography mommy skills you can share) and post from your trip to the spice market and elephant rides! Am-a-zing!! Thoughts of the movie water for elephants come to mind :)

I loved the story of the elephants and the photos are priceless as well as the memories I'm sure! They are huge animals and my first reaction is to fear riding one and being so high above ground, but I'm sure you get used to them and just go for it!

LaurA

Megan said...

These pictures are amazing!! What a great experience...so unique and totally different than normal! I love it!

Megan said...

This is just awesome!! I love the last picture of the elephants!! I would love to go to India!

Allison said...

That is so awesome that y'all got to do that! I bet seeing it in the eyes of your sweet girl made it all the better.

luvbnmom said...

Beautiful animals. Great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Kit said...

Priceless is right...what an amazing experience

Carissa said...

Awesome! So wonderful that you have these memories for E when she grows up!!

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