Jackie's internal cooling system? FAIL!!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We left for our two night three day trek on Wednesday morning, it was an otherwise uneventful ride out of the city except for the person we saw who got hit by a car on his scooter (he was not wearing a helmet, none of the locals do), there was a lot of blood, but he was still alive lying on the pavement!
With 9 other people we had picked up to join us on the trek we first started with elephant riding, there were probably 10 or 20 elephants and there were two people per animal plus the driver who sat on the elephants head. We were the only lucky ones to be blessed with a padded back on our seat, everyone else had metal bars to rest on. It was pretty cool to be perched up high on the elephants back. We've all heard the horror stories about these elephant rides but this one seemed to be OK. The mahouts did have sticks with a pointed bar on the end to hit the elephants with to make them go, but I never saw any of them use it with much force and the elephants didn't appear to have any wounds or scars on them. They actually only used the stick when the elephant was being real stubborn and wouldn't go at all. Three times we stopped at huts along the way with ladies selling bananas for the elephants, which was cool at first because we got to feed them but after the second hut we noticed once we started to feed them they would stop after two steps and swing their trunks back for more. Also there was a baby elephant who walked around from elephant to elephant with it's trunk up by the passenger asking for bananas! ha ha
Once when we didn't give our elephant more bananas it huffed through its trunk spraying what looked like huge elephant snot on us...ewwww
After that we were dropped off at the starting point of the trek. Two minutes later we stopped at a waterfall to eat a lunch of rice in a bag and then to go for a swim in the waterfall. James had great fun with the group but I (Jackie again) had not put my bathing suit on and did not want the chaffing problem on the trek if I got my shorts wet, it was very sad for me.
Then we headed out on our trek, the trek from hell as it turned out for me! Turns out if you work an office job for three years and don't do much an uphill trek for over two hours will not feel good, go figure.
By the time we stopped at our first breaking point (about halfway) my face was red and blotchy, my heading was spinning, my head hurt, I couldn't process a thought, and my ears felt like they were plugged. James put his hand up to my face and I was WAY overheating, I felt like a furnace (I was actually wishing it would start snowing). It obviously took me way longer than everyone else to recover but finally I did and we set out again. Immediately my head was all plugged up again and I was suffering from major heat exhaustion again...James took my backpack from me (wow what a nice guy) and put his cold wet shorts over the back of my neck, it seemed to help.
FINALLY, after what was an easier last half we made it to the village we would be staying at and then I realized we had signed up for two more days of what we had just endured. I was nervous.

The rest of the night was really laid back, we got supper made for us by our guide Nop, it was very good. The children from the village then sang us several songs by the camp fire which was pretty cool, until they made each of us sing our national anthem which was a little unnerving, but after thinking about it a little we could have sang a Celine Dion song and no one would have known the difference.
We then proceeded to pail down the Chang beer, there were three people from Britain, two from Holland, and three from France, by the next morning we discovered we had drank 76 beer between 6 of us because the three from France weren't drinking and neither was Jackie (boy did my head hurt). The good part was that we got to talk to some very fun and interesting people (including our awesome guide Nop!) and share some funny stories with them, it was a great night.

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