Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Weekend at Mom's House

There are no words to express my mother, but I'll try.

Life is never a dull with my mother, which is funny, because Todd says the same thing about me! If I were half as fun as my mom, I'd be perfectly happy.

Todd and I decided to go see my mom for the weekend.  The little (all 5' of her) busy bee always seems to have something going on, and our schedules matched up for this weekend.  Todd and I drove the 2 hours after I got home from work on Friday evening and arrived right around 9:30 with a car full of goodies and a puppy.

Mom refused to tell us where we were going for the day, so we had to just wait and see.  It turns out, she took us to a wildlife preserve about 45 minutes away from her home called The Wilds.  This was right up my alley.  I love animals.  We got to take an open-air bus and traveled on the 10,000 acre property (approximately 14 square miles) where The Wilds are helping to preserve endangered species. 

The property was donated to The Wilds by American Electric Power because they considered the land unusable due to lack of topsoil on the land (only 6 inches).  The Wilds is extremely eco-friendly using Bio Diesel to run their tour buses around the grounds, electric carts for employees, solar panels to operate the gates we went into and out of to ensure the animals don’t intermingle, and they use rainwater for the water needed in the bathrooms! 

Here are some pictures I took while on the tour:

This is mom.  Isnt she cute?

We had an awesome time!
Jack Hanna visits frequently to shoot videos of the Cheetah cubs and to continue his research.  If you are ever in the area (SE Ohio), I highly recommend stopping by for the day.  If you are interested in contributing to their cause, please click here.  It was amazing, they mentioned at least two animals that are said to be extinct within 20 years if they are not protected and repopulate. 

After The Wilds, we went home and relaxed by the pool for a few hours until it was time to go to the stock car races!  We haven’t been to the races in a couple of years, and we had such a great time.  Though it was a long day, it was a ton of fun!

A '57 Chevy that was racing
On Sunday, we went on a little boat ride around Zanesville.  It was relaxing, and alot of fun!

There is nothing like spending time and making memories with the family!  That being said, I will need a good two weeks to catch up on my sleep!

What did you do this weekend?


  1. I wish I was near there, I would love to go check out the animals! Very cool pictures, thanks for sharing! :)

    Me, on the other hand...I didn't do much of anything this weekend. Oh well, sometimes that is nice too.

  2. Thanks for sharing Meg. It looks like you guys had a great time. I love all the pictures and I wish we had somewhere like that to visit.

    As for me the only thing besides work inside and outside of the house was going out to lunch with the best friend to BoneFish grill for the first time and it was delicious!

  3. Katie - I enjoy those types of weekends too!! But, it doesnt look I will have one of those for the next few weeks.