We're in the process of packing for our trip to Texas. We will be spending three nights at Fossil Rim, an African wild animal park in Glen Rose, Texas. We will be sleeping in a tent with a real floor and a small bathroom. Tiny but comfy. The tents are located very close to the watering hole at the park although we are separated from the animals with a chain link fence. No predators running loose, just herd animals including giraffes. There's a patio by the tents and a large common room with tables and WIFI. I am taking two bottles of Barefoot Wine with us so we can sit on the patio and watch the sun go down. Temps down there right now are in the 90s, so we're taking summer clothes.
During the day we will drive the park with food. The animals know that stopping cars will have food so they congregate around the car making it a perfect place for photographers. By buying food, we subsidize feeding. I'm not sure what running a place like this costs, but I'm guessing with all the animals to feed and doctor, it's pretty expensive. They have a cheetah breeding program and have Rothchild's Giraffes, Grevys Zebra, and White Rhinos all three endangered and beautiful. You will have to pay for a tour to see the zebras but the giraffes are out on the plain where they are easy to see and you can get pretty close to the rhino paddock.
Glen Rose has one of the best BBQ places I've ever eaten at as well as a superb Italian restaurant. You can also hire a chef to provide meals in the common room. There are several good hotels in town and Dinosaur Valley State Park is close by. Lots of stuff to do in Glen Rose.
Sassy update: we are still having bathroom problems, one on the 19th and one either last night or early this morning. We clean her cat box every day; we haven't changed the type of her litter or her food. We haven't yelled at her and she acts very comfortable with us. She's affectionate if you pick her up but she's not a lap cat and she has no health problems. She loves to play with toys and carries them all over the house. If you have any suggestions, please share them with us.
It's a beautiful day in the mid west today. I hope it's as beautiful where you are.