Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
February 15, 2014, No comments

Happy elephants aren’t always easy to find in Thailand. A quick look at the current Travel Blogger Calendar and the related blog posts can give you insight into why this [...]

Varnasi India photo

My To Do list

April 15, 2013, 16 Comments

What’s in a bucket list? Or, on a bucket list? I mean … I’ve never really had a bucket list. I’ve tried to have one, but the a ...

D Travels Round Elephant Nature Park

Lessons learned from seven months as an expat

February 13, 2013, 30 Comments

Today marks seven months of being an expat in Thailand. To say my life has been a blessing these past seven months is not an understatement. From exp ...

Lucky from Elephant Nature Park

The rescue of Lucky the Elephant

February 6, 2013, 23 Comments

“Diana! Mindy! Get off of the truck!” We hear Lek yell from the ground below at us, as we sit huddled under a wooden bench in the bed of a ...

  • The villagers walk with the elephant the day before the rescue
    To rescue elephants
    January 27, 2013, 49 Comments

    It is pitch black when Lek knocks on the door of my room at the guest house. “Ok, we go,” she says softly through the wood. “The elephants are ready.” [...]

  • Baby and mom at Elephant Nature Park
    Daily Wanderlust: Elephant Love
    December 13, 2012, 6 Comments

    My days at Elephant Nature Park consist of a lot of animal time. When Navann, the park’s new baby, was born on Oct. 28, it thrilled me to no end. [...]

  • Maryland
    Giving thanks
    November 22, 2012, 4 Comments

    I’m sitting in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. Around me, I can hear the happy chatter of my mom, dad and brother. I hear the jingle [...]

  • Lek Chailert consoles baby Rajah Gajah
    In memory of Rajah Gajah
    October 4, 2012, 12 Comments

    The day I arrive to Chiang Mai, I am greeted with beautiful news: Elephant Nature Park has a newborn baby boy. Instantly, I feel my heart flutter at the idea [...]

  • A portait of the cat, Mr. Lucky
    How Mr. Lucky got lucky
    September 4, 2012, 55 Comments

    I have a bleeding heart. If you know me, you know this. And, on my third day in Chiang Mai, this bleeding little heart is tested. “Hi,” a couple says, [...]

  • A mahout looks over two elephants at Elephant Nature Park
    Daily Wanderlust: Elephants!
    August 2, 2012, 13 Comments

    Apologies for the slacking of the “Daily Wanderlust” for a bit. I’ve been adjusting to life as an expat in Chiang Mai, so it’s been hard to keep these coming [...]