Monday, June 11, 2007

Safari Saturday

On Saturday, as we were trying to think of a fun family activity that didn't involve yard work or a trip to Wal-Mart, Jason and I decided to take the girls to the nearby Wildlife Safari. Now, I know what you're probably thinking. A wildlife safari? In Arkansas? I, too, had my doubts. I envisioned a dirt road with a couple of caged hogs and maybe a lion or jaguar that had been rescued from the property of some red neck who thought they would make a cute pet until they got to be full grown.

I'm happy to say I was wrong. The drive-through part was pretty long and we saw most of the same animals you see at any zoo (minus the penguins and polar bears). Claire loved it. We let her out of her carseat so she could get a good view of all the animals as we drove around. Many of the animals were roaming free (well, as free as possible given the cattle grates and high fences, but you know what I mean) and would walk right up to the car. Like this guy.

He is proof that God does indeed have a sense of humor.

Once the drive-through part was over, we went on the walking tour. Claire got to hold a bunny, which she said scratched her (but didn't), and pet a baby jaguar (just like Diego!) and ride a camel.

Claire's favorite part was petting the kangaroos, although it was a little too tempting to chase them.
By the end of the afternoon, both girls were getting tired. Poor Arden had only slept about 20 minutes that morning, so she was barely hanging on. Once we got in the car, it didn't take her long to sack out.
The perfect ending to a great day. Unfortunately, nap time lasted only as long as the 30 minute car ride...

1 comment:

ashley said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I remember that "Safari" was always a lot of fun! However, some of those monkeys are down right scary...especially when they are climbing on your car! Hope to see you soon! Love ya