102-year-old Dorothy Custer rides an elephant




Posted on June 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 6:52 PM

BOISE -- At 102-years-old, Dorothy Custer continues to push the envelope and pursue her dreams.

They are very big dreams, indeed.

That's because Dorothy climbed onto the back of an elephant at the El Korah Shrine Circus in Boise Wednesday night. She told KTVB it was a ride she'd wanted to have for quite a while.

"I think they're such a magnificent thing, and it's bigger than a horse," Custer said. "I used to ride horses, and I didn't get a chance to ride one [an elephant} when I was in Thailand."

After a quick lap around the arena, Dorothy said what she often says after her adventures: "It was too short!"

Earlier this month, the gentle centenarian dubbed "Idaho's Sweetheart" BASE jumped off the Perrine Bridge. It was all part of her latest birthday adventure.

In the past, Custer has ziplined the Snake River Canyon and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

She's also an accomplished harmonica player and beer drinker.

When asked what's next for her, she said "Well, maybe a balloon ride."

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