Let’s start by saying this was one of the greatest days ever. I rode an elephant at a petting zoo when I was a kid but I remember it very faintly. Riding an elephant has been on my bucket list once I started realizing the importance of conscious goals and dreams. Christmas morning I received the gift to do an Extreme Encounter with Elephants and I started crying! lol I NEVER cry, I’m not just saying that, really, you won’t even catch me shed a tear for movies. This gift brought me so much joy and brought me back to when I was a kid and would watch George of the Jungle on repeat. I thought George was the coolest that he got to ride an elephant everyday and just live in nature. To me that is the good life. Since watching that I would always tell my mom and grandma that I want a pet elephant, luckily I was blessed with a horse which is pretty close if you ask me.
We went to a farm called Two Tails Ranch. Surprisingly it is located in Northern Florida just five and half hours from us here in Miami. Elephants in Florida? Yes. I thought we would have to wait a few months for our trip to Bali coming up to have my dream come true, but I was ecstatic when I found out there is elephants only five hours from us! We woke up at five in the morning and went on our five and half hour road trip. Personally I love road trips, they are so relaxing with such beautiful scenery, allows you to realize there is an abundance of life to be seen and lived in every corner.
When we got to Two Tails Ranch it was such a beautiful farm full of twenty two magical elephants. The farm is very personal and you can see that it is family owned, which made it very comforting. We had a personal Extreme Encounter tour which includes watching Luke the famous elephant paint us his masterpiece, sit with Luke for an unforgettable photo, feed additional elephants on the property, and ride Patty. After that we stayed for hours and had the rest of our personal tour where we bathe Patty and wash her two times so we have a clean elephant for the endless amounts of photos we were about to take. We washed her entire body, behind her ears was her favorite. She would get up and roll over and lay down on command, she was so unbelievably smart. (Fact: Elephants can’t lay down for longer than an hour, the reason being is because their own body weight will crush their internal organs, so lying down for longer, would slowly cause their organs to be crushed. So, like horses, they sleep standing). We then had the rest of the day with her in the yard just watching her mannerisms and learning her character. Each of the elephants have their own personalities. I was told Patty was the most fond of me because of the sounds she would make when I would be standing near her. It almost sounded like a cat purring with echoing. I felt the love 🙂 She would hug me with her trunk and I felt like I was being hugged by the universe.
It was so mesmerizing to see how smart and loving these creatures really are. They really are similar to characters of dogs! To have the time to ride, feed, bathe, and spend the day with these beautiful creatures was such a blessing and I am beyond grateful to have shared this amazing opportunity with Nicholas. Elephants are truly my favorite and one day I hope to have elephants in my older age. We hope you enjoy, thank you for visiting our sweet space on the internet 🙂 Wishing everyone a blessed and wonderful New Year!
Fun facts about Elephants :
They have the largest brains in the animal kingdom.
Elephants can live up to 70 years in captivity.
Elephants are the only mammal that can not jump.
Elephants eye sight is weak, but their sense of smell is strong.
Their trunk has more than 40,000 muscles in it.
Elephants can play, cry, laugh, and have the most incredible memories.
Elephants eat five bales of hay a day and thirty pounds of fruit.
Last but not least … Elephants are not afraid of mice.