Sunday, August 31, 2008
Virginia Safari Park
About a year ago Peyton picked up a brochure for the Virginia Safari Park and asked if we could go. We told her we would think about it and just didn't get around to it. Well here it is the end of August and I wanted to have one last hurrah to celebrate summer's end...plus I wanted to do something really fun as a family before Mark's busy semester got started. We drove to Natural Bridge on Saturday and spent the day feeding and observing all kinds of animals. The park has a 3 mile trail that you can drive your own car through, but I wasn't sure how the kids would react to that.
We opted for a one hour wagon ride through the park and got 3 buckets of feed with our tickets. It was an incredible experience. We fed camels, llamas, Watusi cattle, potbellied pigs, elk, and various other four legged animals. It was really cool to be able to reach out and pet the animals. They are all fairly friendly, although some were more aggressive than others. The camels worried Peyton and Liam a little bit. They stuck their heads right in the wagon and just grabbed whatever buckets they could find. A few people lost their feed buckets to those darn camels! Peyton and Liam didn't feed many animals on the tractor ride. They saved their feed and fed it to the little goats that were in the safari village. It was a really hot and humid day and there were hundreds of people there. I guess everyone had the same idea we did. We even saw a little girl from Peyton's preschool class. I would love to go back in the fall or in the spring when it's a bit cooler. We tried to feed the giraffes, but they must have had enough because they stayed in a far corner of their big pen and didn't come near the feeding platform. The kids had a blast and couldn't pick a favorite animal. Peyton kept saying she liked them all. I'll post a few more pictures later.