It doesn't happen very often, but this week contained a four day weekend. It's a big deal when you work full time. Luckily, I have some adventurous friends that wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity. So, even though we had time off from work, our schedule was pretty packed Sunday and Monday.
On Sunday after church we decided to make the trek to Gentry, Arkansas to do the drive-thru safari. Our trip there consisted of various car games, and shameless brag - I'm the reigning champion of the alphabet game. I've had a lot of practice, and I'm hard to dethrone. Once we arrived it was time to spend some time with some animals. We walked through the petting zoo portion of the park where we met some sweet cows.
The funny thing about these guys was that to begin with there were two cows standing up and Tori and I started scratching behind their ears and they just plopped down on the ground. Soon after that every cow in the petting zoo made their way over to get some love. It was precious, they were definitely herd goals.
There were lots of other animals including mini horses, camels, goats, camels, giraffes that you could feed, kangaroos that were way softer that I expected, a tiny baby pig that was adorable...but I didn't take a picture because he was constantly using the restroom.
The highlight of the whole venture were these baby mountain lions that we got to pet and play with. They definitely stole our hearts. These two cats played and played hard. We went in their cage to pet them and they were both napping so we came back about half an hour later and they were ready to play again. I crouched down to pet one of them while the other girls were petting the other. Out of nowhere the other mountain lion jumped up and apparently ran full speed to launch itself onto my back. It was possibly the cutest thing that has ever happened to me.
Eventually the trainer came and grabbed him off of my back, but only after my friends had taken a lot of pictures. After that it was time for some serious playing. They ran all over the place, wrestling and pouncing, it was so precious.
The drive-thru portion of the zoo was pretty interesting. There were quite a lot of deer, emu, and zebras to see. My favorite thing I saw was a turtle perched on the nose of a hippo...I secretly hope the were best friends.
Monday was sort of a whirlwind day, but it was definitely a blast (pun intended). The day started out with a solid cup of coffee, and then I went straight over to Kelsey's house for a delicious 4th of July brunch with friends. Chocolate-chip pancakes are always a win in my book. From there we went swimming where I neglected to to put on as much sunscreen as I should have and literally burnt to a crisp. I've never been so sunburnt in my entire life, even as I sit here and write this two days later I still am in a ridiculous amount of pain...so wear sunscreen, kids.
After we finished swimming it was a whirlwind of getting our house and food ready for our 4th of July get together. Which I forgot to document with a bunch of pictures... but I feel like I have a lot of pictures in this post anyway. Just know that it was fun and that we watched fireworks. Also Amy taught me a new card game, so win.