Last week we celebrated Wilton’s 7th birthday….safari style!
I’ll give you fair warning that this post is longer than I like to write them, but it was so hard to cut pictures. So this post will be more photos and less type.
The day of his birthday began with pancakes and gifts. The girls each gave him a gift, and then Joel and I gave him two gifts: a toy to open (Legos) and a mystery to figure out. We wrapped some safari animals as a clue that he would be going to the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia!
The trip wouldn’t take place until later in the week, but he still got his birthday off from school (a homeschooling perk) and his choice of birthday dinner. He chose “Beanie Weanies” made by Joel, and Abigail made him an M&M chocolate birthday cake.
Friday finally came with much anticipation and excitement. I can sum up the whole day with one word: LAUGHTER!
The safari is a drive-through, and you can ride in your own vehicle or rent one of their vans for about $20. If you ever go, I HIGHLY recommend going ahead and renting their van! You’ll see why in just a minute.
So here was our cool ride–No. 3! This is where the laughter commenced. We laughed at the very first glimpse of this vehicle and never stopped. I’ll just go ahead and warn you, these vans are basically a rusty shell with bars, a sputtering motor, and a string with which to open the door, as demonstrated below.
Usually in these situations, the people are the spectators while the animals are in cages. But I got a sneakin’ suspicion that what they’ve done here at the safari is make the people the caged creatures for the animals to come up and observe.
Check out that luxurious headliner!
And we were off!
There was another van in front of us so it allowed us to see what we were in for along the way. The photo below exhibits the very reason you should go ahead and rent the van: HOOVES AND HORNS!
The zebras wasted no time approaching, and did so quite aggressively.
They know these rolling cages have food! It was a good thing we bought a couple bags of safari treats to feed the animals.
Someone needs a toothbrush!
I’m telling you, we were laughing so hard! These animals are a riot!
Joel just cracks me up. He is always entertaining us with funny comments and facial expressions in these awkward moments!
Who knew zebras could have such an aggressive nature?!
We finally inched our way past the greedy zebras to see the elk and deer.
Another word of advice about the safari: watch your back! Just when you’re looking in one direction, there might something lurking from behind, and suddenly you turn and have an animal in your face….
with his mouth open!
There were sights to take in from every angle.
I have to admit, I did get a little nervous as the buffalo approached.
But they were really just like giant puppy dogs with their tongues hanging out for a treat!
This guy just gave us the stare-down, which proves my theory that we were just there to give the animals something to look at.
If you can see through the filthy windshield, notice the baby taking a sip from its mama. Sweet.
This one could have used some hair gel.
And how does the tongue fit back in its mouth anyway??
I was really thankful for those bars!
Ostriches. We didn’t love them.
Lots of piggies running around the entire property.
The camels were very interesting!
They were pretty interested in us too.
I don’t know why his backside looks so cute when he’s sitting down!? Or is he lying down?
Good-bye safari friends!
And good-bye safari van!
You were quite a ride, No. 3!
We took sandwiches with the intention of having a picnic, but it was so cold and windy, that we finally had to get out of the cold. We ordered a pizza inside at their restaurant instead.
Once we were fed and warmed up, we went on to the Walk About, which was basically a small zoo for the caged and farm animals.
It was nice to be on the other side of the cage for a change.
Loved the llamas! Proud, aren’t they?
There were even more animals but the length of this post is getting ridiculous so I’ll end with this birthday boy dressed in his “safari outfit” he put together himself for his expedition. Cute.
We now have some fun and hilarious memories of Wilton’s wild 7th birthday adventure! I sure loved watching this boy enjoy his day.
Thanks for coming along!
I’m behind on posting this week due to a busy schedule and a gnarled neck and back that don’t want me sitting at the computer. But I’ll be back this weekend to catch up with some Valentine cookie recipes!