Oh my gosh, today was a long and exhausting day. I didn't sleep well last night and woke up not feeling well with an upset stomach, allergy issues, and my left arm in pain as it has been injured and hurting for weeks. It was one of the days where I would have liked to of stayed in bed and instead, I worked 11 hours with no lunch break. I'm surprised I'm here to share a blog post. Anyhow, here it goes.
For several years I've wanted to go to the Adirondack Animal Land in Gloversville, NY, but I hesitated because I could only go during camping season and I didn't want to leave the boyz (Bailey and Bandit) alone in the camper for such a long day with no attention. Without them this summer, it seemed like something I should finally do and I'm happy I did as it was a pretty cool experience.
The Adirondack Animal Land offers an area that you can go in and walk around and get close to many animals, many of which you can hand feed and a petting zoo area. It also offers a drive through safari area. As much as I liked the area you could walk through, the drive-through area was much more exciting. As soon as I got through the gate, big animals started approaching my vehicle and sticking their heads in. I had to quickly clear the stuff off my passenger seat and toss it in the back because a camel reached in and tried to slobber all over the camera I had sitting on the passenger seat. It was rather gross and a bit slimy. The beginning section had dromedary camel and emu. They were not at all shy and did not hesitate to stick their heads in my windows. It was such a weird thing and made me instantly understand why the drive-thru safari is an enter at your own risk area. I quickly realized that it was best to keep my car at a very slow crawl. Don't dare stop or I would be totally harassed and don't drive to fast because I wouldn't want to hurt any of the animals.
After I got through the first area, I crossed over a barrier that put me into the zone where there were albino deer, fallow deer, ostrich, and alpaca. This area was cool and there were so many animals approaching my vehicle and walking along side me. This area was wooded and a bit dark for photographs, but I did my best. It was really cool to see albino deer as I've never before seen them. As I left this area, I went through another barrier and ran into buffalo, zebra, pot bellied pigs, watusi, and a few other types of animals.
It was really cool to do the drive through and have animals in my face. And I literally mean, in my face as they had no shame in putting their heads right in with me. A few of the animals made me a bit nervous. I wasn't sure if they would try to bite me or not, but I'm guessing they are pretty much domesticated as the only reason they were reaching in is because many people feed them as they go through the drive.
For today, I thought I would share a funny pic I took of one of the dromedary camels. It was tough to get anything more than a head shot because they didn't get the memo about social distancing.
For more information about the dromedary camel, you can check out the nice write up they have on the Adirondack Animal Land page for dromedary camel.