This has to be one of the most amazing days of my life! And one of the most fun and challenging one to scrap.
Thank you again Tammy Spruce for explaining opacity to me in My Memories. it was perfect for me to journal over the bold pattern oft he tiger fur and still be able to read every word of the text!
Here is the journaling:
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 – As much as we enjoyed Phuket Thailand in 2011 we weren’t that excited this time because we had already ridden the elephants in the mountains and visited the cashew factory and even visited the giant Buddha. We took our time getting off the ship since we had no idea what we wanted to do.
When we got off the ship there were cab drivers waiting to take people on personal or custom tours and Bill asked one driver what we could do that was different. He suggested all the normal places and all we could say was, “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, don’t want to do it again.” Then he said something that really got our attention, “There is a new place, Tiger Kingdom, where you pet full-grown tigers and interact with them.”
That was it. We wanted to go pet tigers.
Our evening trivia partners were roaming around the dock looking for something to do and we invited them to go see the tigers with us. They wanted to see the tigers too so we agreed on a price of $50 for the entire cab for nearly all day – that was only $12.50 per person and it turned out to be a brand-new 7 passenger van for the 4 of us with a great air-conditioning system and the seats still had the brand-new leather smell. I would not be surprised if we were the first people to ride in this van – and for $12.50 each to be taken wherever we wanted to go all day!
When we got to Tiger Kingdom we paid $30.00 for each of us to have our turn inside the enclosure with the tigers and Bill also paid an addition $13.00 to purchase a DVD with our pictures with the tigers on them. A photographer was assigned to us and the $13.00 gave us a guaranteed 50 pictures on the DVD. Now all we had to do was wait for our names to be called and then we could spend 20 minutes with these magnificent creatures!
Our friends were called first but Jane didn’t think she would have the nerve to pet and interact with them, they just wanted to go in the enclosure with them. Therefore, they didn’t pay the $13.00 for the photographer to follow them around but Bill was able to get some good pictures on their cell phone through the fence for them.
We were anxious to go pet the tigers but I must admit, I was a little apprehensive when they announced that it was time for the Denhart party to come meet the tigers. Never in my life did I think I would ever be brave enough to go into an enclosure with a trainer (who was carrying a small stick, more of a twig – not a weapon) and a photographer to be greeted, pet and walk among 4 full-grown tigers for about 20 minutes.