When your daily grind includes the words
amount not covered by insurance
you can bet you are overdue for a getaway.
Here we go – challenging the limits of Blogger picture capacity.
We started off Friday morning with a bang.
Remember this? Well, another poor soul managed to crash in front of our house again.
A vet avoiding a dog narrowly missed the power pole but his Caddy didn’t like the ditch. Itty Bit enjoyed the tow truck scene very much.
So we head out… and thank the Lord that we live in the Northwest where this sight is common, yet still stunning:
On our way, Mr. Daddy suddenly makes a u-turn and parks. I grab the camera and do the messy work.
Yes friends, that is a herd of elk! The photo was taken through a tangle of branches and blackberry bushes while sliding down a gravel/mud slope holding my camera for dear life.
And it wasn’t until I got to the bottom and started clicking away, that I had the sudden intelligence to shout up to Mr. Daddy, “Hey, these things aren’t dangerous are they?”
Then I scrambled back up and lost my lens cap. Worth it, no?
Then we stopped for a *ahem* potty break.
So we finally make it to the Game Park – where I realize quickly that I was kinda dumb to put myself out there with some wild animals when I’d have some begging me to take their latest head shots…
(Love how it says “Keep Moving” and they just roll down the windows and keep on feeding those critters)
You see everything up-close. These guys are not afraid of anything.
Now, I have to apologize for my language here. No excuses. I was just royally freaked out.
Should I really have been surprised when I turned around to see this? All my freaking out was kinda scary for the little guy! (But in all fairness, the thing LICKED me).
The zebra was quite a bit less threatening. Though the shocking color of my arm may be scarier…
And the rhino was super cool
Mr. Daddy of course, had a few remarks about the COUGAR.
We had a blast with the bears. The kodiaks were HUGE!
Mr. Daddy is easily trainable ;) Here the bear has him feeding bread and showing off his skills:
Then came my favorite part… heading out to the “plains” where all kinds of four-legged critter roam free.
I think Mr. Daddy was a bit chagrined at looking at this beautiful specimen without having a bow in his hands!
In case you’re wondering just how big these guys are – check out this for size… and these are the GIRLS!
The view was incredible:
And then we were besieged by the fallow deer. Itty Bit recovered enough to feed one from the backseat:
The deer took one whiff of this, and decided to try MY window… wonder why?
This one had some major attitude:
And then we came to the part that I still have childhood emotional scars from… the buffalo:
Massive! Except that they are FAR scarier when they are on both sides of your car, rocking it by trying to put their enormous heads through the window!
This one was just a baby:
(The childhood trauma had to do with being in a fullsize Dodge Ram pickup and having adult buffalo rocking it and LICKING me from both sides while I screamed and tried to roll up the NON-power windows. Ever tried to fight a buffalo that doesn’t want you to roll up a window? No? You should try it sometime…)
But golly, isn’t this little guy the CUTEST THING EVER? I apologize for being an idiot and not shooting in Auto.
And at the tail end of the route, we encountered this:
I mean, there was just no escaping the utter cuteness of being surrounded by a bunch of baby elk.
Even sleepy ones
They had their own gang
(Really, it should have been them sticking their tongues out at Mr. Daddy… I can just see them and their little gang motto, “Yo, you can’t shoot us!”)
After our most excellent adventure, we headed off to hang out with these guys… remember them?
(Which touched off a round of comments about Mr. “Volcyum” – thanks to Jewelz ;)
Here’s what was happening when I was chatting with the neighbor and she asked if my son was alright…? Apparently, he was belting out “Ooh Eee Ooh Ahh Ahh Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang”
Then he found his inner rockstar
and inexplicably stopped to pick his nose
Then decided to groove and dance with one of the other hunter buddies:
(We really do have the best friends – you can see why he didn’t want to come home)
And out of the whole weekend, what did he enjoy most?
Peeing off the dock, of course.
Let’s just say the cowboy’s aim was a bit ‘off” from fear of falling into the water…
He was so exhausted that I caught him signing in his sleep the next morning:
He woke up to all the fun stuff outside the back door.
Except… those canadian geese are REAL!
And here’s our SOOC Straight Out Of the Camera shots… getting the squeeze from Daddy:
And because I don’t want to leave the ladies hanging… just for you - the sweet Mr. Volcyum that Itty Bit adores
(don’t say I never gave ya anything)
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