Elephants and Llamas and Camels, Oh My!

Today was our trip up to the Texas Renaissance Festival about 70 miles north of here. The last time Jan and I came up was in 2007 right before we started RV’ing. But we first started coming here in the early 80’s when the kids were little. Then in the 90’s we brought Miss Piper up here several time too. So now it was Master Landon’s turn.

Jan and I left the rig about 8am heading for Chris’ with a stop at the bank for money, and Jack in the Box for breakfast sandwiches for everyone. And then a little after 9am we were back on the road with Chris driving.

Brandi’s group was going to meet us there. And by group, I mean a bunch. It included Brandi, Lowell, Landon, Lowell’s parents Lendel and Sonja, and Lowell’s sister Sherry. With our car-full that makes a total of 11.

It’s going to be like herding cats.

We made a quick trip up to the area, but hit bumper-to-bumper traffic as we got within 10 miles and that took us a while to get parked. But finally we were through the gate and  into the park.

And it’s like entering a whole different world. One inhabited by dragons

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and even fairy queens.

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You’ve got gypsies,

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or even royalty.

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Or even commoners.

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And of course, Landon enjoyed taking it all in.

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I mean where else can you ride a real Brahma bull,

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a zorse,

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or even a dragon’s egg.

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And, apparently, Landon will ride just about anything with his cousin Piper, including

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an elephant,

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a llama, (it was a one person llama, so Piper just watched)

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and a camel.

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And even a really big swing.

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One of our favorite shows is the Birds of Prey demonstration.

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And yes, that’s a full-grown owl, a Screech Owl.

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This is an African Augur Buzzard, but more like a hawk or falcon, not a buzzard of the US kind.

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We finally all staggered out to the cars a little after 4pm, feeling a lot like this camel. And yes, that’s how they rest when they’re pooped.

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Getting back to Chris and Linda’s about 5:30, we headed back to the rig, stopping only at Buc-ee’s for coffee to help keep me awake to do the blog, and Cranberry muffins for breakfast.

We had a great time, a lot of fun, but boy, are we tired. Maybe even camel-tired.

Thought for the Day:

Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?



7 Responses

  1. well I can tell from the last picture that it is not Wednesday. LeRoy

  2. LeRoy,

    Hump Day was running late this week.

    It was tired.

  3. Greg,
    I enjoy reading your and Nick’s blogs every day. We’re not full timing, yet, but I would still like to make available some pics and comments to a group of friends and relatives via my own blog. I would love to pick your brain about WordPress, etc. and creating my own blog. I don’t want to tie up your blog here or impose upon your good nature, so if this would be agreeable to you, please, e-mail me.

    Thank you,

  4. what a wonderful day with the grands. . .and the kids of course!

  5. So nice to see that you managed to get some pictures of Landon and his beautiful cousin, Piper. Sounds like a fun day for all and a good way to walk off some of the carlories from Thanksgiving.

  6. what a great time you had. A zorse huh.

  7. That looked like a fun day!!

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