Sean had to go into the office today so I was on my own with the two kids. I had a tour set up for us to go to an animal park outside of Phnom Phen. We hired a tuk-tuk and set out for the cafe where we'd meet our tour guide. Our tour group consisted of two other people from Australia. When it was time we loaded ourselves in the back of a leopard print jeep and took off for the park. The ride was pretty uncomfortable. They had benches for you to sit on, but the bars along the side made it near impossible to sit back. You were basically sitting for an hour with your back unsupported on a bumpy road in the hot, hot sun. I put sunscreen on me and the kids and I still managed to get fried. Terryn and Jayce both slept on the way there for at least half and hour. Terryn ended up sitting in the front seat with the guide. He fell asleep in her lap.
Once we arrived at the park, we saw monkeys running through the sparse trees and towering termite mounds. The jeep dropped us off and I bought a hat for Jayce since I left his in the hotel room. Unfortunately little tike was having none of that. He kept tearing the hat off his head.
Terryn was interested in these and forgot that we was going to cry. May I note that these animals were all free roaming. We were just walking around with them. Then there were cages with other animals like mongooses, gibbons, small deer, turtles, giant squirrels and other animals I can't remember.
|Terryn feeling the gibbon's soft hand.|
|A weird thorny tree.|
I was able to cool down, feed Jayce and Terryn climbed into a hammock for a bit and played around with some other kids that were hanging around the area. Then I fed Jayce actual baby food. He was a lot happier now and so was Terryn. The rest of our group arrived and we all relaxed for a bit. Lunch was brought out to us not too long after. It consisted of rice, noodles, steak, spicy minced pork, chicken basil soup, chicken curry with vegetables and pineapple. It was really tasty.
After lunch we watch an elephant dance. Terryn got to go up and touch it's trunk. Then we hopped in the Jeep and it was off to the bear enclosures. They were really cute and playful. We also saw a lion. Terryn was pretty excited about that and showed us how they roar.
After a brief stop off at more monkeys, the tiger enclosures were next. There were a bunch of the Asian tigers. They were so beautiful. Our guide was familiar enough with some of the tigers that she can actually pet a couple of them through the cages. Terryn was more excited to climb all over the statues than see the actual cats I'm afraid. Oh well.
And then before we headed to the next thing, Terryn climbed in the jeep and started "driving". The driver thought that was hilarious.
Then the last thing we did was feed an elephant. Her name was Lucky. She was a small Asian elephant. She was such a sweet lovely creature. Our guide gave us a bag of goodies to feed her. We would pat her trunk to have her lift up her trunk to expose her mouth and then we'd put the food on her tongue. Her tongue was so big, wet and soft. It was weird, but pretty cool. I absolutely loved her. She was so amazing. I helped Terryn to feed her too. I had to keep telling him to watch out for her feet. I think spending time with the elephant was my favorite part of the tour. As we were about to say our goodbyes to Lucky she kept walking close to the Jeep. She found our guides 7up can (that was about half full), picked it up with her trunk, dumped into her trunk and then drank it all. It was hilarious!
We all settled back into the Jeep and began our way back to Phnom Phen. The clouds were threatening to rain and the sky got pretty dark. At least it cooled down a bit. Unfortunately the Jeep is completely unprotected from the elements. For a short period of time we got hit by huge raindrops. Then the storm continued on away from us. We only hit the edge of the storm. We were lucky because we would have been soaked.
After our tour we went back to the hotel and met Sean. We took a brief swim to cool off and then met a co-worker of Sean's for dinner. We had pizza. It was nice, even though Terryn was continuing to be a stinker. Then it was off to bed again.