Friday, April 4, 2014

RC Cars & Ziplining

August 16, 2013 – Today is Noah’s birthday!

Noah enjoys tinkering with remote control cars, so we visited a race track designed for them!

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They actually hold special races here for RC cars.  The entire track can be seen from this overlook which makes it easier to drive your car.

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Noah followed his car’s example and ran and jumped off one of the hills

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I took a sequence of photos of him jumping and compiled them together.

Next, we headed to the newly-opened “Go Ape” zip lining and obstacle course.

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We were given a quick orientation on the gear and safety.

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Getting our harnesses fitted

Surprisingly, after the quick orientation, we were let loose onto the obstacle course and zip lines with little supervision.

I brought a video camera with me on the obstacle courses and someday I’ll edit together a video.

Meanwhile, my Mom and Kate headed to the end of the course and the final zip line:

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Noah and Ben on the final platform, getting ready to zip line.

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Noah slides down

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I come down, camera in hand.

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Now, THAT’S the way to come to a stop!

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My brothers and I had a great time together and someday I’ll post a video of the obstacle course.

Roller Skating Macaws and Bud

August 2, 2013 – We’re headed to Grant’s Farm with our cousins, Brianne and Eli.

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After entering the park, we hopped on a tram and took a tour of the deer park.

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We drove by “White Haven” a log cabin once lived in by General Grant.

The “farm” used to be owned by Ulysses S. Grant, but eventually came into the hands of the Busch family (of Anheuser-Busch.)

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The fence is partially made up of the barrels of rifles from the civil war.

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These civil war cannonballs line the path of the trams.

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The tram enters the Grant’s Farm deer park…

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It’s an albino deer

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If you think about it, bison are some really odd-looking creatures.  Seeing herds of buffalo must’ve been quite a shock to the early explorers of North America.

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Check out those horns.

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The bison certainly weren’t shy!

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They almost got within touching distance

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Can you help but think about an oreo?

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Covered bridges would extend the life of the bridge and were designed to look like a barn, so the horses would be more comfortable going through it.  There are only 4 original covered bridges still in existence in Missouri.

 

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It’s time to get off of the tram

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Our first stop was the “Animal Encounters” show

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This macaw can roller skate around the cones.

He’s also a bit of a television star…you can see him in this commercial at 0:23.

Macaws can also talk (and maybe do some dancing too!)

“Video: Talking Macaw

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Barn Owl

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Owls are so silent when they fly

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Grant’s Farm rescues bald eagles that are injured or sick and rehabilitates them.

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I think he’s look at me…THOSE are some piercing eyes!

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The Anheuser logo – Grant’s Farm style!

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After the “Animal Encounters” show, we visited our good friend…

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…”Bud” – the African Elephant bull.

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Bud showed us some of his tricks:

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Getting a treat

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Spraying water over everyone in the front row with his trunk!

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This girl volunteers to give Bud a cantaloupe

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Posing for a picture - on command.

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Time to check out the camels

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Heading to the Grant’s Farm Bauernhof

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Wouldn’t this be an amazing place to hold a dance?

Hmm…maybe someday Stately Steps will have to host a ball here.

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Time to head home!

It was great to spend some time with our cousins and to see enjoy the beauty, creativity, and maybe even a little humor found in God’s creation!