Her name was Emma and she was just a couple of years younger than me at 43.
Elephant trekking is cool!
The tour was arranged by the concierge at our hotel. They picked us up in an open air pick-up truck and we bounced our way through the busiest part of Koh Samui, past market after market and stray dogs to our destination. There was a monkey waiting for us and several other tourists.
The property looked like Fantasy Island but without Tattoo, or has been actors. It seemed kind of disorganized. There were a lot of people just hanging around, locals and tourists alike. No one seemed to know whose turn was next. We entertained ourselves with lizards and flowers until we were finally summoned. There was a bar but they only served hotdogs and sodas - missed opportunity there.
The touring company offered several options. They had a full day tour option which included a 15 minute elephant ride, waterfall hike and Thai cooking session. No thank you. I'll just take the elephant. We decided upon the hour elephant trek.
Finally our turn came. They introduced us to Emma and her handler, or was it really our handler, whose name I cannot pronounce. He wasn't very friendly until after the hour ride when we tipped him. Then he was suddenly all smiles and even got Emma to pose with us. Note to self, always tip the elephant handler before the ride. I'll have to remember this for next time.