This Sunday we woke up in the morning, packed our day bags and drove up to Taylors Falls. We were really looking forward to our day together. Tom had the day off, the weather was nice, and we were all in a great mood. We brought my brother and sis in law's hiking backpack for Hans to sit in while hiking the cliffs, however we decided to stop at a new place, Fawn-Doe-Rosa. I say new place not because it's actually a new place, but for all of the times and years Tom and I have done day trips in Taylors Falls, we had yet to experience this petting zoo. We pulled in not knowing what to expect. Apparently I have been here when I was young, but I don't have any memory of it and I only knew they had deer and ponies. We pulled out our wagon and walked inside to pay our entrance fee. As soon as we walked out into the park, a friendly buck came to greet us.
Tom and I looked at each other and Tom said what I was thinking "This is worth it!"
The deer were walking around everywhere. Sometimes we fed them behind fences while other times they would just walk up to us in the field or the walking path.
Hans was pretty confident around the deer. He would run up to them in the field and chase them if they ran away from him.
We showed Hans how to keep his hand flat when feeding the animals.
Hans feeding the goats.
Hans took to the deer right away and wanted to spend most of his visit there feeding them. It was so adorable to watch him. (notice the flat hand)
He took charge of the bag of animal food
And sometimes the deer actually got some food from his hand before it fell to the ground!
His little squeals of delight after feeding the animals were hilarious!
We took another family picture without his paci and guess what happened?
Plop...animal food goes in the mouth! Tom and I caught Hans doing this a couple of other times but he would immediately spit it out. The funny thing about this picture is that neither Tom or I knew had happened until we looked back through our photos! Poor kid, you can't blame him- it was nearing lunch time!
There was a beautiful deer laying by the pond so we walked over there to get some pictures of Hans feeding him by the water.
Shortly after the picture, the deer ran off due to Mommy (that's me) running in to save Hans from taking a leap into the pond. That fearless boy!
We did manage to get someone else to take another family picture! Don't mind that we're out of focus. We're just happy to get a pic of us together!
They had so many animals there! All kinds of farm animals, ponies, deer, geese, llamas, and wild animals from the area (bobcat, lynx, wolves, grizzly bear, foxes, raccoons, rabbits, and elk..to name the ones I remember)
We weren't the only ones out there enjoying father's day...
This goat was king of the mountain while we were there. It looks like his little kids are running under him while he basks in his glory of fatherhood. =-)
It was cool to see all of the animals. They were pretty noisy and I feel like Hans has an even better grasp at what noise each animal makes now.
The geese were honking like crazy and Hans was mimicing their honks each time.
The animals also loved Hans..
The Lynx (kind of hard to see) is in the cage to the right and every time Hans ran back and forth the lynx would run from side to side on his cage following him. The weird part is that there were other people and kids around so it's interesting the lynx singled out Hans....hmm...maybe I'll keep him inside a little more while visiting my grandma's farm....
Hans loved to run around that place and visit all of the animals. Can you tell he was more than thrilled when I picked him up for a picture?
Before heading out for some much anticipated lunch, we said goodbye to the bunnies. The deer just didn't want to leave Hans either it looks like...notice the deer nose...
And the poor bunny was such a good sport. Hans was overall pretty gentle but he did like to go for the face quite a bit..
We had such a great time at the Fawn-Doe-Rosa and completely recommend it to everyone. We didn't even get a chance to go hiking and use the backpack I mentioned earlier. We were ready for lunch and ready to head home. I guess we'll have to go back up sometime soon to fit in a family hike!
And finally, we took Daddy out to lunch at one of our favorite places..The Drive In. We were pretty hungry so not as many pictures here. Just imagine a delicious meal of cheeseburgers and corn dogs, preceded by cheese curds, yum!!
Daddy and his boy on Father's Day. What a fantastic day spent together. Tom, you truly are a wonderful daddy. Caring, loving, smart, strong, and kind. The recipe for a great Godly husband and father. We love you and are so thankful for you!!