Getting to go on an elephant was the "trick." We rode them to the river. When we got to the water, they made us take everything off except our clothes. We had to give them our shoes, hats, and all of our valuable things, but we didn't know why. When we got in the water, the elephant suddenly sat down, and then the person that was steering, made the elephant lay down on its side. Then, we knew why they made us take off all our valuables -- because we were going to get wet! We were all scared until we found out that they did it on purpose. The elephant sat back up and my Dad and I got back on. Then, it sprayed water on us with his trunk. The elephants kept on doing it until we all yelled for them to stop. It was annoying, but fun. We all had a good time. That was the funniest Halloween trick ever.
Now, the treats! We went to the night market in Chiang Mia, where there are lots of small shops. I got two, little elephant statues and to end our Halloween off on a sweet note, a big Haagen-Dazs ice cream cone. No door-to-door candy this year, but we did go to a real-life bat cave! My dad went inside and saw a couple.
Today, we got to see ladies with stretched necks. Their necks are stretched because of the rings they wear. As they get older, they keep adding rings to make their necks look longer. I was really excited to see them because I've never seen necks that long before. People don't see them a lot because there aren't that many of them and they live deep in the jungle. We had to take a long boat ride along the river to get to where they live. You don't often get to see ladies with necks that long, which is sort of like Halloween costumes, because you don't get to see them every day either.