Sunday, May 4, 2008

Grant's Farm

Saturday morning, before we left, we visited Grant's Farm. The "Grant" refers to Ulysses S. Grant. Purchased by the Anheuser-Busch Family, it is home to the Clydesdale horses.

We got the only GOOD picture of the boys from the trip while we were there.

It was such a nice little place. The animals are all very well taken care of. The trainers had an elephant do a little presentation about how to recycle and even had the elephant PLAY THE HARMONICA.

We took a tram around the property where we saw a lot of beautiful animals so close that you could touch them (but didn't, of course)

Daddy got up close and personal with the camels. (They got a little close and personal with each other too but that's NOT a G rated story.)

But by far, the BEST part was the baby goats. Oh my, the baby goats. I would drive 9+ hours again just to get on video the experience of the baby goats. There were swarms of them in this pen. Aaron was by far the biggest fan.

Noah started to feed them...

but then preferred a little more distance.

This was Odin's second time visiting and he knew the ropes.

This is what happens when you try to feed a goat and take a picture at the same time.

Aaron had a love/hate relationship with the goats. He went from being scared,
"This is TERRIBLE!!!"...

to loving every minute of it.

He liked grooming them with the brush

and when it snuggled on his belly.

They really liked to eat Daddy's coat

As we were walking through, the lady who interviewed us the day before was there, filming another segment for her report. She not only remembered our kids names from the day before, but said that when she went through the footage from the day before, Noah's quote from the City Museum was her favorite shot they had gotten the entire day. I will post it when it comes out.

Of course, Noah had to get a souvenir before we left. Filling a tube full of little animals can make any little boys dreams come true.

We did go to see the Clydesdales before we left, but nobody could feel their fingers anymore and we decided it was just time to no pictures of the Clydesdales.

We have been to petting zoos before, but this was like nothing I had ever seen. I literally couldn't stop giggling for the entire time we were in with the baby goats. I really would make the long drive again just to go to Grant's Farm.


Debbie Yost said...

So I'm guessing you didn't tour the Anheiser Busch brewery? :) You get beer at the end. Used to be you could drink as much as you wanted but once you left you couldn't get back in. They put the bathrooms outside. Clever. They changed it to a limit of 2 when I went years ago.

Looks like you all had fun.

LaskiGal said...

Looks like a blast!!! I love that pic of Aaron holding on to his daddy's knees. So sweet!

Great pics all around!

Tammy said...

I love the pictures of the baby goats. We had goats when I was growing up and I love them.

LadyBugCrossing said...

You asked me a bell question. Let me look into it for you. There might be a bell part written to go with the orchestral arrangement.

Have you asked on the handbell-L? They would know faster than I would. I'll check out my sources here for you.


Anonymous said...

We've got some baby goats at our zoo's petting farm and they are always a hit! Looks like you guys had a blast.

Courtney said...

So your kids learned about the birds and bees thanks to the camels, huh? That's wonderful!

I'm glad you guys had such a good time and now I want to go to St. Louis. Can't wait to see Noah's big television debut.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

That looks like a blast! I love the pictures of Aaron with the goats, and that's a great one of the two boys together. :)

Hillary said...

cute pics! i love the camels.

Childlife said...

Looks like a ton of fun -- baby goats are so cute!