Sunday, May 31, 2009

Photo Musings ... Visit to Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm is a281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family. The Farm is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 100 different species from six continents. Grant's Farm, which is operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., has apparently been a St. Louis tradition for years. After hearing over and over how wonderful it was, we decided to spend the afternoon visiting. After you arrive, you load into a tram for a drive through the preserve and over to the park itself. Here are some of the animals (and other things) that we saw on our tram ride. Unfortunately, I don't have as many as we'd hoped because the animals seemed to be fleeing the heat for elsewhere and just weren't around. Rumor has it that early morning is the best time to visit & see the animals so we'll go early on our next visit!

Once we arrived at the park, we headed off for some Farm fun!

First stop - THE CAROUSEL! Which was a hit!

Saw some more animals. I love love love this shot of the tortouise!

There was a water walkway which the kids had to try out (which is why Meighan is SOAKED in this photo) ...

It was HOT, HOT, HOT!

And kangaroos ...

And the Eagles - they were very beautiful!

And off to the attraction that the kids were most excited about ... feeding the goats. You pay $1 to get a tiny little baby bottle of milk and go into a pen full of goats so you can feed them. Well, it was quite an experience. Paul and Meighan headed into the pen ...

And were immediately swarmed with goats. Tons of goats. All over the place. Jumping, biting, nibbling, licking, grabbing whatever they could ...

Paul finally gave up and picked Meighan up since the goats were all over her since she was so small!

I think they all had a bit of a crush on Paul in particular. The goats swarmed him over and over.

Alex didn't immediately want to go in ... he let Megs test the waters while he hung out at the fence with this particularly friendly goat!

Paul began to get irritated LOL - they just wouldn't leave him alone. It was crazy!

Right after this, Alex and I grabbed up a bottle and headed in to try it ourselves. The goats were ferocious for attention. Jumping on us, grabbing our clothes, eating our shoes (and my camera bag). Alex was LOVING it. He said he liked when they nibbled on him???? Anyway, Mom and Dad eventually had enough & forced Meighan and Alex to say good-bye to the goats. Paul looked over and said 'I don't think I have it in me to be a farmer' - and I cracked up!

On our way out, we saw a beautiful peacock running by ...

And I tried to get some photos of the kids. The sun was really harsh so they aren't very good. They were ready to leave and completely uninterested in helping me get a good photo!

As we walked to the tram, we saw some Flamingos ...

And, then we headed out for an early dinner at Red Robin which was tasty! We ended up missing out on visiting the Clydesdales so we'll definitely have to go back to see them! They are one of the main attractions!!! Overall, we had a great time and I'm sure we'll go back to visit again soon!

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