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Meet a red panda a the Chattanooga Zoo

Meeting & Feeding A Red Panda

Dream of meeting and feeding a rare red panda?  The Chattanooga Zoo is one of only a dozen zoos in the country to offer encounters with a red panda.  Emily crossed an animal encounter off her bucket list, by receiving for her sixteenth birthday a rare up-close visit with an endangered red panda.   That same day, she also had behind […]

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Forsyth Teen Takes Home the Gold at State Special Olympics Horse Show

Emily Murray, 15 of Cumming Georgia, competed in the Special Olympics State Horse Show from Oct 19 to 21 at Chicopee Agriculture Center in Gainesville GA.  “I won 2 gold medals for Showmanship and English Equitation and one silver in Dressage,” rider Emily Murray says. Emily is on the Autism Spectrum. This was her third year competing in the Special […]

Petting Farm at Gas station in Georgia on I-16 Chevron.

Roadside Attraction: Petting Farm at a Gas Station in Georgia

As regular readers of this blog know, Emily is a complete animal enthusiast. So you can imagine her excitement to discover a petting farm at a gas station in Georgia. We found the spot on one of our many trips along the four-hour drive from Atlanta to Savannah. The scenery along this stretch of road is rural, and there aren’t […]

Alpaca farm tour in North Georgia

A Visit To An Alpaca Farm in North Georgia

Our family recently decided to visit one of the several dozen alpaca farms scattered throughout North Georgia. These are small, private working farms. For a reasonable fee, we were able to set up a private tour of one of the farms. We chose a warm weekend in the springtime for our visit. Our educational tour taught us many interesting facts […]

Wild Adventures Zoo Amusement Park Georgia

Wild Adventures: A Zoo Within An Amusement Park

Six Flags is a big roller coaster park in Georgia, but did you know not far from Atlanta there is a theme park that is part amusement park, part water park and part zoo? On family trips to Orlando, we noticed many signs advertising Wild Adventures Theme Park. The park features 59 attractions and over 500 wild animals. We decided […]

Blog Family weekend trip to St Simons Island

St. Simons Island: Family Weekend Adventure

Our family recently decided to go on a short weekend excursion to St. Simons Island, Georgia. This quaint, historical location is just a four and a half hour drive from our home in Atlanta. The island’s charming, natural setting is highlighted by the many large moss-draped live oak trees dotting the landscape. It boasts a slow-paced atmosphere, with many of […]

Cayman Islands: Cemetery Reef, Blow Holes, Starfish Point, Rum Point

Best Free Attractions in the Cayman Islands

Cemetery Reef, Hell, Starfish Point, and Blowholes as fabulous free excursions that anyone staying in the Cayman Islands can take advantage of exploring. Emily loved spending time in these peaceful places that offered unique opportunities to commune with nature. Here’s a brief glimpse of some of the locations we explored without having to purchase a paid excursion package. We spent […]