When no one in my family shows any interest in planning our trip, we end up on my animal-centric adventures. “Look! There’s a lake Teddy can swim in!” “Hey, we can feed a baby calf from a bottle!” “Who wants to swim with manatees?” – that kind of stuff.
I know there is often a fine line between a legitimate animal sanctuary and a “private zoo” sort of place but I can’t stay away when it is someplace like this:
These wolves sure looked a lot like dogs to me and there were not a whole lot of rules about going in (with the attendant) to pet them. I don’t know their back story or why they can’t live in the wild but they were very interested in us and very relaxed with meeting new people. I figured that we were “enrichment” to them – they were particularly interested in smelling my shoes. Teddy scent?
We met a couple of kangaroos and fed them buttered popcorn – apparently, they don’t like it plain. Does this all horrify my animal-people friends? You may want to stop reading because we touched a bunch of other animals.
The animal presentation was fascinating, with a number of different creatures coming out. You will not believe what A agreed to hold…
Later, we were all brave enough to get in on the action with a 125 lb Burmese python:
At the end, the attendant asked the kids if they wanted a “special” photo opportunity. They are young enough that “special” means “something good,” but I know it probably means, “something that will amuse the rest of the audience at your expense” so I was ready with the camera.
Other than defrosting from the FREEZING cold weather in North Carolina and making our way to the Florida Keys, our main reason for stopping so long in this area is to do a private “swim camp” with a Total Immersion coach. Given that my first lesson started with a panic attack about being underwater, there will either be a triumphant blog post at the end of the sessions or there will never be another mention of swimming.