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Safari and Behind the Scenes at Giraffe Ranch (Dade City, Florida)

January 25, 2014 | 3

We ♥ animals. I’ve never met a giraffe I didn’t like so why not visit a place called Giraffe Ranch. We made a reservation for a Safari Vehicle Tour with the expectation to “take part in real hands-on interactions with many species that feed from the vehicle.” Sounds like a grand ol’ time!! Best of all was paying extra for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Check out why…
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Snorkeling with Manatees – Three Sisters Springs (Crystal River, Florida)

January 21, 2014 | 2

We headed to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Seeing manatees while snorkeling beside them has been on my bucket list since the beginning of our RV planning. It’s finally here! Inspiration to swim with the manatees came from several sources: Roadtrippers, National Geographic’s story – "When Push Comes to Shove" to the mention in our 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book.
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Alligator Wildlife Viewing: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park – La Chua Trail (Micanopy, Florida)

January 13, 2014 | 1

"There are a handful of places that stand out as excellent locations for wildlife watching in Florida… but the place to see alligators is in the home of the Gators, Gainesville. Located at the north end of the prairie, the La Chua Trail provides an excellent place for wildlife watching, with an elevated boardwalk and lengthy dike out to an observation tower." – Florida Hikes
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Cajun Country Swamp Tours (Breaux Bridge, Louisiana)

December 27, 2013 |

The Cajun Country Swamp Tour is ranked #1 in Things to Do in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. It’s winter and since alligators are cold-blooded, we don’t expect them sight any during the tour. They’re all hibernating by now in their dens without any food all winter. But we are looking forward to learning about Cajun Island / Lake Martin Swamp, cypress trees, the bayou and take in a little biding! Read More

RV Park: Deer Sightings at Hidden Valley (San Antonio, Texas)

November 30, 2013 | 3

We picked Hidden Valley RV Park because it’s situated in the outskirts of San Antonio and was a bit of country. We’ve seen the variety of wildlife in the area from their website’s photo gallery. This morning, we take a stroll on the property to see if we can spot any wildlife. We got lucky! Read More

Roadside Attraction: Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch (Picacho, Arizona)

November 21, 2013 |

To keep on our journey to get from the west coast of California to east coast of Florida, we said goodbye to Monte Vista RV (Mesa, AZ) and hello to the Voyager RV Resort (Tucson, AZ). It was a 127.5 mile Arizona road trip this day. The Rooster Coburn Ostrich Ranch was the perfect roadside attraction to stretch our legs and right off Highway 10. Read More

Out of Africa Wildlife Park (Camp Verde, AZ)

November 14, 2013 |

4.5 of 5.0 stars on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Not a zoo, you imagine yourself in the Serengeti as you tour areas of the park either on foot or by tram. The highlights of our visit were being kissed by a giraffe and camel, feeding tigers and petting a giant python, but also watching hyenas swallow their food whole and listening to the roars of the lions throughout the day.
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