Saturday, March 7, 2009

Saturday Safari...





What a fun Saturday morning! Ron and I went to Topsy Exotic Ranch with Becca, Seth, Leslie, G, and Maggie this morning. I had never been there before, but Becca has taken Seth numerous times. If you have ever wanted to get up close and personal with a bunch of stinky, hairy, GENTLE animals, it is the place to go. You purchase bags of feed from the ticket office and then drive through the ranch, feeding the animals along the way. We piled into the back of Ed's truck and enjoyed a great trip. We saw just about every kind of goat imaginable, llamas, camels, zebras, buffalo, tigers, monkeys, assorted deer, and cattle.
My favorites were the llama and the crazy camel. They were the most gentle and affectionate creatures! The llama would gallop along behind the truck waiting for you to put your hand out. When we slowed down, they would come up and nibble the food out of your hand. The camel was much more brazen. He actually shoved his huge head into my lap and snatched up my bag of feed. I literally had to push his head out of my lap as I tried, unsuccessfully, to pull my bag of feed out of his mouth. Becca, Seth, Maggie and I had a blast watching Leslie scream and try to crawl out of the way every time an animal got near her. She couldn't even manage to hold her hand still long enough for them to eat the feed she held! I can't even begin to describe how frantic she was when that camel's head was in the truck.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

4 comments:

lucky number seven said...

there used to be a place called texas safari in clifton, texas. when my oldest nephew, josh, was little -- prolly like 2 or 3 -- we went there to show him the animals. there was a giraffe who kept trying to put his head through the window and poor little josh was screaming bloody murder! i can only imagine how leslie was, although there is a *BIG* difference between three and 28!

Woolverton Girl said...

You guys are great grandparents! I have been wanting to take Zander there, but haven't yet. Looks like the kids had fun, too bad Leslie didn't.

Becca Castello said...

I am SOOOO glad we went. Leslie WAS too funny. I told kim about it, and she has never been, so we are planning a Hunt/Castello trip to Topsey. Hope it is as much fun as ours! Love you!

Valerie said...

Leslie told me about your trip to Topsey...too funny.

What I really wanted to leave you a comment about was Leslie. I just wanted to thank you for raising such a wonderful person. I am so glad that I have been able to become closer friends with her lately. She has a way of keeping me on my toes and reminding me of what's really important in life. Anyways, thanks for doing such a great job!

P.S. She gave a great lesson and made us all teary when she was talking about how wonderful her mom was at being such a good example of a "peace maker" in the home.