October 6th, 2013 by daniel
We have some very generous friends. Their family owns roughly 80 acres in Woodland, GA, and they invited us down to the farm for the weekend. It worked out well, as the girls were out of school from Thursday through Tuesday. I took Thursday afternoon and Friday off and we drove down for some fun.
So there was standard vacation style stuff. Running and playing for the girls; shopping at the Cotton Pickin’ Festival for mom. And there were a few things that are typically more acceptable in the farm setting that aren’t an everyday occurrence. Like camping out with the girls, fishing, Gator rides (the vehicle, not the animal), trampolines, weapons practice and wild animal safaris.
What’s that you say? Weapons and wild animals? Would you like me to elaborate?
The wild animal safari park is located in Pine Mountain, GA. Here you are, in the middle of South GA and there is a park that lets your drive through and feed wild animals, including zebras and giraffes. Sadly, the giraffes were feeling anti-social when we came through, so we only saw them from a distance. But we got up close with a lot of other animals. Check out some of the photos here.
The weapons piece is truly unique to the farm. Because they own 80 acres and its in the middle of thick woods, you can fire off weapons. So we did. Here’s a few videos. (sadly, I didn’t have the video camera out when Shannon was shooting. But take my word: she is a much better shot than I am, handgun and rifle).
First up is Eden taking aim with a bow and arrow. She did pretty well. My friend (in the video) Kristan’s youngest daughter has her own bow, which is what Eden is using in the video. She seemed to enjoy herself.
This next video is Eden shooting a .22 rifle. This rifle is one that we picked up after my grandfather passed away. As it turns out, this particular rifle belonged to my mom. So Eden got a chance to shoot her Mimi’s rifle. She took a couple shots and said it was fun.
This last one daddy shooting. Another friend, Brent, brought his sniper rifle and some exploding targets. We were about 200 yards away. I don’t think I need to explain any more.