yesterday (saturday), we decided to have a family outing. after lunch, we left the friendly confines of letchworth state park and made our way to varysburg, ny to the hidden valley animal adventure. it’s a lot like a place in nc that i have been to a few times (lazy 5 ranch).
the animals were very aware that we came bearing food. the ones that were roaming free were not afraid to come up to the tiny folks and shove their faces into the feed cups. when you tipped your cup over the fence for the non-free-range animals, this was the face you were met with, while they awaited the feed to cascade down over them.
i will say that the overall state of this part of the “zoo” was a little sad. the fenced in areas were very small. and there were a lot of lethargic looking animals. maybe they were sunbathing. that’s what i’m telling myself.
we didn’t get a chance to feed the zebra. he was hoarded by the jerks in the back of our trolley (not just because they hoarded the zebra, there were other deciding factors. like talking trash about a guy who was smoking before he boarded our trolley. and poking the ostrich on the head.)
this guy was attempting to catch any stray feed coming his way. i guess the animals at the end of the ride are either ridiculously overfed as people just dump what they have left, or ridiculously underfed because people ran out of feed.
the final attraction was randy the camel. i only know his name is randy because my mom told me later. he was the only one we were allowed to pet. everyone was a bit surprised when he poked his head all the way in. our tour guide had some specialty snacks for him and he totally knew it.
so that’s our big day trip. today (like i previously mentioned) is stupid and rainy. we are here for another week and then we leave saturday. the kids and i are hoping to hit up a local park, do some hiking, maybe some fishing, and hopefully some biking. we might have to check out the sights one more time too.