I woke up this morning and Ella was gone. Boy was I scared! I had no idea she could get out of our hotel room by herself, but she is a resourceful elephant. I found a chair near the door. She must have used it to get to the door knob.
A glance at the clock told me it was 6:30 a.m. I figured Ella had gone to the lanai to see if there were dolphins. I tossed on my clothes and charged out of the room. I was a bit panicked. I didn’t know if I should worry about somebody kidnapping Ella, or if I should worry more over what kind of havoc she could wreak on the poor unsuspecting hotel staff.
I charged from the elevator to the lanai — practically knocking over a half-dozen tourists and a couple of the hotel staff in my attempt to save them from Ella. Imagine my shock and fear when she was no where in site. This is a huge resort complex — and was she even still on the grounds? How was I ever going to find her? Bellowing, “Ella” at the top of my lungs at 6:30 a.m. didn’t seem like a really good idea. Besides, she rarely comes when she’s called.
About that time one of the girls from the front desk approached me and asked if I was looking for my elephant friend. Then she lead me to the Koi pond where I found Ella watching the fish. She said if she couldn’t have dolphins, Koi would just have to do.
We will be flying home today. We land in Seattle very late tonight and will be spending a few short hours in an airport hotel before we catch our Kenmore flight back home. Ella and I have lots of vacation pics to share with you, but we think we’ll parse them out through next week. Be seeing you soon!