An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
I decided we needed to do something yesterday besides grocery shop, pick up diapers, and hit the flea market. So, Short Person and I loaded up wee Spud and headed off to the Tennessee Safari Park on the other side of Jackson. It was a pretty nice day to have such an outing since we had a cold (????) front pass through, and the high only hit 85.
We turned at the good size plastic giraffe onto a rather small road heading to the park. So what is the first thing I see standing in the middle of the road? A pea hen! Now, if you’ve been around for a while, you will know how much I loath those birds (I don’t care how ‘beautiful’ they are), and why. Being the nice person that I am, I didn’t run over the damn thing. However, the moron that pulled in behind me evidently was in a big hurry and zoomed around me, missing said evil fowl by a smidgen! Don’t you think being near such a large number of critters, someone MIGHT consider there was a darn good reason for a truck to be stopped in the road? Idjit!
Once we paid our fee, got a couple of buckets of whatever that nasty stuff is you feed the critters, our first concern was “Where’s the closet restroom?” Hey…it was a 2 hour drive, thanks to my inattention to turns! Don’t forget there was a diaper issue involved!
Once the important issues were dealt with, we found the gift shop to get a bottle of water for the little one. Then, it was a little exploring in the area. First, we TRIED to get him to sit on the plastic zebra. Wasn’t gonna happen!
Then it was over. The camels were behind a fence, and everyone who had feed left, which there were many, had to stop and let them scarf it up. They’re very good at taking those bowls away. Yes, there were some buffalo, a few llama, many African deer looking things with spiked and curly horns, several of the evil ostrich creatures, and emus…. LOTS of emus.
I thought it would be a good idea to take another pit stop before driving home. Oh, and of course, there had to be a t-shirt for wee Spud, and a zebra thingy for SP. But this time, there would be some feeding to do.
It was a nice day, for the most part, but driving home was a bit tense. Two tired and hungry kids, and a tired, hurting, hungry ol’ broad makes for a rough ride home. But no one killed anyone, and with a stop at Sonic, we made it home in one piece.
To be perfectly honest, I was seriously disappointed with the safari park. I have been to a couple of others in Texas, and this one barely ranks. The condition of the animals left a lot to be desired. We saw three injured animals, kids hanging out of the sides of other vehicles, and not an employee anywhere to be seen. But hey, it was something for the kids to do, it was close by, more or less, and it gave the Mr some time off. Heh. Tonight, he and Short Person are out on a ‘date’. They went to the movies, and for some reason, wee Spud fell asleep, so Ol’ Broad is getting a little free time herself. Whew!!
Whoops! Spoke too soon! Back to the GG Bat role! sigh….