S: Kathy & Earl's Vacation~August 2011
FC: 101 | Kathy & Earl August 2011
1: EMBARKING ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME
2: We spent the first day of our trip at the Sacramento Zoo.
3: One of the most impressive sights was the beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk we met on our arrival. He was blind in one eye, leaving him unable fly safely. One of his favorite things is feeling the wind blow through his wings as he basks in the sun on his perch.
4: Our favorite exhibit was the giraffes! They are so beautiful and we really enjoyed watching them. She was so cute trying to get the leaves that were just out of reach!
6: The highlight of our trip to the zoo was the opportunity to hand-feed the giraffes!
10: Be a kid again...
12: A collection of just a few of the other amazing animals we saw... | The white-handed Gibbon was so fun to watch! Kathy has a big soft spot for these guys!
13: THE | After leaving Sacramento, we made it to the coast, continuing our journey travelling onto Highway 101
14: MacKerricher State Park Fort Bragg, California
16: After getting settled into our hotel room for the night, we had a few minutes to goof around before going to dinner. The owners of the hotel, a sweet older couple, were nice enough to draw us a map to some local points of interests.
17: Glass Beach Fort Bragg, CA
18: MacKerricher State Park had an amazing mini museum/educational site full of facinating, hands-on exhibits.... | This is a Sea Lion skeleton | Pretty self-explanitory...it was suprisingly heavy! | This Sea Lion skull was crushed by an Orca! | A blue whale vertabrae and the small object on top is a deer vertabrae for comparison | This is a collection of sand dollars, shells, and sea urchin
19: An adorable raccon | There was a unique opportunity to handle the pelts of several animals. Below is a harp seal | This is the paw of a Puma | Earl showing the density of a sea otter's fur | Above is an Osprey | This is a racoon | Below is a harp seal flipper | This is a River Otter
20: Outside of the mini museum at MacKerricher State Park, was a display of a Gray Whale skeleton. There was also a Humpback whale skull and ribcage.
22: Along the way up the coast, we found this magnificent, secluded beach just off Highway 101. The fog was incredibly thick and it was quite cold, but it was so so beautiful!!!
29: Our next stop was Chandelier Tree in Leggett, CA. This ancient living Redwood has been cut to be able to drive through it!
34: On the drive, we spotted this herd of gorgeous elk ( look at that STUNNING bull!)resting in a pasture near the road...
35: Crecent City, CA | where we met the impressive wild sea lions.
36: Welcome to | Ocean World!!
38: Ocean World is located in beautiful Crecent City, CA. The aquarium consists of tanks holding over half a million gallons and an abundance of sea life, including sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels. Attractions include shark petting, interactive tide pool, and a highflying sea lion performance!
42: Just outside of Bandon, OR, Earl found the most FANTASTIC park EVER! The West Coast Game Park is the country's largest petting zoo.
43: The chance to see such magnificent animals up close was truly magical. From a pair of beautiful black bears, to the stunning Mountain Lion to the unusual De Brazza's monkey
44: Right off the bat, we had the unique experience of petting and feeding a ring-tailed lemur named Jullian. He was so cute and playful....quite a character!
45: Some of the more common animals, such as goats, peacocks, sheep, and even a couple of mini donkeys roamed freely on the property, along with geese, and even deer! | We had so much fun on our first visit, that we returned the next morning. Pictures form both days are intermixed in case you were wondering about the wardrobe changes!
46: Earl had quite the love affair with the adorable little wallabies!
50: Kathy fell for the cuddly Capybaras! They are the world's largest rodent and very sweet!
54: Kathy was thrilled for the chance to try her Parelli Natural Horsemanship skills on the deer! She was even able to gain the confidence of the little blonde fawn after a few minutes alone.
56: The cats were absolutely breath- taking!
58: This beautiful leopard had just been fed & it was fun watching him play with his food!
59: At the West Coast Game Park, we also had the chance to hold and interact with several small animals. We got to pet a skunk, and hold ferrets and even a 5 month old baby opossum!
62: In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...
63: This adorable little leopard cub was born at the park as part of their breeding program.
65: Getting the chance to pet this captivating little ball of cuteness was a once in a lifetime treat that we will never forget!
66: What was undoubtably the most spectacular experience we have ever had was getting one-on-one time with a 21 week old tiger cub!
67: It was truly a once in a lifetime, bucket list sort of thing for us and we will cherish these memories for the rest of our lives!
75: The last stop of our vacation was a spectacular State Park Beach near Bandon, Oregon. It was the perfect ending to the perfect vacation!
77: Life is a | not a destination
80: The End | of our perfect