Parc Safari

BURRR!!!! It’s official – It’s fall in Vermont.  It was below freezing when I brought Avery to school this morning, and yet the calendar doesn’t consider it fall until this coming weekend.  Well, we closed out our summer with a CHILLY trip to Parc Safari!  We had been when my sister and I were little (20 years ago to be exact – Mom found a dated park map from our last visit).

We had wanted to go this summer, but all our weekends were booked, and we had to get Grampy and Avery’s passports done (that was a feat in itself!), so we fit it in a little too late this year… we’re going in the peak of summer next year!

We hit the road early Saturday morning: We met up with Nana, Papa, and Joseph (My cousin) and drove north, to Canada!

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It was Avery and Grampy’s first time using their new passports, so exciting!  Just over an hour of driving and we arrived.

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Although it was chilly and there were cyclists zooming past us (um, note to Parc Safari: Your Cycle program is NOT appreciated by us people just walking around.  

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Bikes zooming by and taking up so much space in the park, and having sections marked off for them is NOT appealing to the normal walking on two feet guests) we made the best of our visit.  We had wanted to do the drive thru part first, but it opened much later than advertised (because of the cyclists) so we went thru part of the park first…

On the way, Avery and Joseph found some animals to pose with…

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And onto the REAL animals…

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The lions were first.  They were HUGE.  We walked around, and UNDER them…

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And thanks to our tall Papa, Avery got to size up his paws to the big kitty:

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We even got to see and hear the lions roar!  Next we saw a Tiger!  Avery had been looking forward to this animal the most, so we snagged a picture to send to Joey.

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And oh the animals we saw… lions, tigers, bears, oh my!  And monkies too!

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After freezing our butts off, we stopped for a nice lunch inside…

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And then it was off for the best part… where we got to drive thru the park and feed the animals!  Avery was thrilled to see the animals, but what’s even better than that?  Hanging out the car window while doing it of course!

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First up… the elephant!

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We tried feeding it an orange, but MiMi’s throw wasn’t on par that day 😉  The boys were pretty excited to see the big guy.

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Next up.. camels!

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They were so big… and slobbery!  We had bought the park food to feed all the animals, and the camels walked up to the cars as we drove by and ate the food from our hands!

Avery was very hesitant at first and didn’t want to feed the animals, but he was popping around in the car from one window to the next to look at the animals… and Joseph followed behind us … both kiddos doing this most the ride!

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I think these were donkeys…

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And my favorite part… the ostrich!

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It was taller than the car and poked it’s beak for the food onto our hands pretty hard…

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We stopped and took a potty break halfwary thru (I know, I know, I owe a potty training post.. but just a hint, Avery is in big boy underpants all the time now!) and pet this guy…

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Back in the car, we saw these big fellas!

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And Avery warmed up and fed and pet some animals!

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These deer/antelope things were very calm and fun to feed and pet.

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They really get up close too…

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And to give an idea of just how cool this experience was, driving thru the park, this is what a Papa’s truck looked like behind us…

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Avery was full of giggles and smiles.. such a fun experience!

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Tip: bring lots of baby wipes!  We went thru a ton since these animals slobbered all over our hands, haha.

After the car ride, we walked a raised pathway and saw the Giraffes

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The baby giraffe was the first born at the park in 23 years, so it was fun to see her.  She was 1 1/2 months old.  Avery got to feed a carrot to the giraffe too (Tip: Bring bags of apples and carrots – the animals prefer them over the food the park sells, and the park is OK with it!)

We saw the elephant again…

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And Papa and I stood in Kenya!

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The platform was in the shape of Africa with all the countries mapped out.

Next up, a big Rhino…

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And these two animals…

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Avery had such a fun time with Joseph… these two goofballs…

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Running to see the next animal…

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Checking out some antelope…

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The Chetas woke up (they were sleeping when we drove by earlier) and we watched them for a while…

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With a couple hours left, we hit up the rides!  Avery rode a truck…

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Joseph took Avery on this flying ride!

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Avery cruised in the blue car… of coarse he picked the blue one!

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And took a ride on an elephant… the blue one!131_2217

And the boys went thru a fun ball pit obstacle course…

Then we went to the petting area… first, a camel.

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A pig…

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chickens and ducks…131_2223131_2222

And the last part… the deer path.131_2228131_2232

They came up and ate right out of our hands.131_2242131_2236

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Avery sat down and waited for them to come to him and they ate out of his hand.

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We had so much fun!!!  Avery passed out a few minutes into the car ride home.. he was wiped out!  And he slept 11+ hours that night after such a busy day!

We’re excited to go back next summer… when it’s warm!!!

Happy Friday!  We had a busy weekend ahead of us: A football game tonight, a wedding tomorrow and sleepover with cousins, Joey’s half marathon Sunday, and two birthday parties Sunday afternoon!

❤ Meghan

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