Day Off — Wild Animal Park

My sister is visiting this weekend from the East Coast — she got in Thursday night.  All week, I'd been sort of going over in my mind options on things that we might do.  She'd been here to San Diego before — about three years ago, and we'd done the mandiaotry Sea World and Zoo combo then.

I have to say that I have been vociferously berated for having lived here for almost six years, without having been to the Wild Animal Park.  Never quite made it.  And it seemed like every time I considered it, it was something like 104 degrees in Escondido — uh, thanks, I'll go to the beach again if that's ok with you…

No such problem today — so we set off and had a great time!  The park really features two things that you can do — one is walk.  And walk.  And walk.  This park is on 1600 acres.  There's a LOT of ground to cover.  The natural savanna style habitats practically ensure that any animals will be as far from the walking paths as possible, but so it goes.  The park is also a Botanic Garden, so at least the plants can't leave their exhibition space.

The other option is an elevated train ride, which actually gets you a lot closer to the animals than most of the paths — plus, you are no longer walking.  It was really quite good.  We saw running giraffes, baby rhinos and all sorts of animals that probably don't taste good (except for the ostrich, I think) very close.  Good clean fun for the whole family.  I completely endorse it.

The other animal on active display was the modern Homo sapiens (typically in a family unit).  From my own perspective, I would like to ask two questions: 1) Are parents un-able or un-willing to actully demand and receive acceptable social behavior from children aged 6-10? or 2) Are modern American children of that age more sociopathic than I recall dimly from my own childhood?

Despite evil children though — great day and a great place.  Why'd it take me six years to get there….

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