Updated: Jul 30, 2018
Getaways, quick trips, family fun before "BTS" hits. You and your family have a small window of time left to enjoy what is left of summer. Mommas are ready, kids are almost ready, and teachers, well, teachers definitely are not. It happens every year. "BTS" or "Back to School" is slowly creeping up on us.
If you are in Texas and looking for a quick weekend vacation for your family before getting back to the grind, I want to suggest Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Fossil Rim has been in existence for over 30 years. Its a drive through wildlife park where you can see all kinds of animals that aren't necessarily at a local zoo. Fossil Rim is in Glenrose, Texas. We were in Stephenville for the weekend, so we decided to take the 26ish mile trek for the day and travel to Glenrose to see the park.
If your kiddos are anything like my little, they are animal lovers. We love animals, all kinds. Little was really excited about going to the park while Mr. Cowboy, aka Daddy, had to work.
Okay, I know he doesn't look too excited here. He had just been told to make sure he throws the food out of the window and not try to hand feed. We didn't listen. Neither did the car in front of us.
Its a reindeer. Well, not exactly, but Little thought it was. He wanted to feed it. They are friendly...very friendly.
This little guy (or gal) tried to get a little friendly with me. His head was literally inside the window checking us out. I wasn't sure if I was about to lose an eye or get peck on the cheek.
One of the coolest things about the trip was that Little was able to see some animals we don't have on the farm, in our area, or at the local zoo. Fossil Rim does a great job with conservation, education, and awareness.
The zebras were grazing right by the road. They remind me of the joke:
What has 16 wheels and is black and white?
A zebra on roller-skates! (ba-dum-bum)
Halfway through, there is a restaurant, look out point, gift shop, and a petting zoo. We stopped to check things out and stretch our legs.
Little made friends with the goats...needless to say. They have different animals that you can get up close and personal with. Not too personal. I mean, we all have boundaries, right?
On the second half of the tour, we were both very ready to see the giraffes. They come straight up to the car. We watched as we waited in the line. Their grace is to be admired. I need some lessons from the giraffe.
And then there was the wildebeest. Little was in awe. There were a ton of them wandering in the roads...you had to slowly nudge your way through. But seriously cool, right?
The Rhinos were by far the hit of the day. They are HUGE. I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. I wouldn't want that adjective attached to me, but seriously...they are enormous animals. I had no idea.
Its hard to tell in this picture. I did a no-no. I zoomed on my iPhone. It is not the best pic but you get the drift.
As we finished our adventure, these sweet babies were waiting for their photo op with Little. They smiled.
Fossil Rim will take you a good couple of hours. Be prepared but know that you can enjoy a great lunch midway through the park. If you are in the area for the weekend, you could also take a trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Both are well worth the trip.
Just a getaway idea for you.