Today (Day 3 of our fun-filled vacation) we went on an African Safari to view wild beasts in their natural habitats – risking our lives for the sake of educational pursuit, danger lurking at each bend of the road, peril awaiting us around every corner. Sounds good, huh? Well, before you nominate us for the bravest homeschooling family of the year award, you might want to take a look at these pictures – the images of the very dangerous beasts we were mingling with –
Actually I think that last one might have been kind of dangerous – it looked really mean.
The truth of the matter is that we went on African Safari to a drive-thru wildlife park today. There was a sign at the beginning (why didn’t I take a picture of that?) of the drive warning us to enter at our own risk – not responsible for accidents to people or vehicles! Well, we entered, but there wasn’t much risk. The only animals that were slightly dangerous (rhinos?) were in a zoo type enclosure – there was no way they could get to us or our vehicle. It was fun, though – getting up close and personal with the rest of them. Most of them were right up by the road where we could see them, drop them some food pellets and ask them about life in the savannah. They weren’t highly conversational, though, so it helped to have the little safari booklet we were provided at the start of the tour. Most of the animals we saw were different types of deer, elk, and such that would be found in Africa and Asia. The zebras were spectacular – I just love their markings – and there were quite a few of them. The ostriches were huge and fun to watch. There were lots of baby animals around with their mothers, which gave all of us girls in the van the chance to “ooo!” and “oh, isn’t it so adorable!”
The weather cooperated with us in our safari experience, topping out around 100 again today. At the end of the drive-thru section, we came to a petting farm, containing a number of goats for the children to pet and feed. They did enjoy this part and spent awhile in with the animals. There was one little white goat sleeping in the hanging food bin on the fence. When I pointed it out to Anna, her response was (very demurely) “Yes, I love (luf) him.” Sarah had one all picked out that she wanted to take home with her. (Can you imagine us traveling home from vacation in the van with 9 children and a goat?)
Like I mentioned, it was very hot, and we were all parched by this time. We went inside the snack bar to enjoy some cold drinks and air-conditioning. While in there, I was able to snap these final pictures of a few of the wildest (and cutest) creatures we’d seen all day –
But our day wasn’t over yet – our next stop was an underground cavern, which was the highlight of our day. That’ll be my next post, which will be up as soon as I can get it done.