This weekend we visited Connors Farm in Danvers. It wasn’t quite what expected, less farm and more amusement park with a loud band, a chainsaw artist, and massive crowds. The line for tickets wound through the farm stand and was quite confusing (NOTE: if anyone from Connors Farm reads this, consider setting up admissions sales tables/tents in the parking lot on busy days to make it easier to get the wristbands and easier to shop for farm products).
Once we settled in, it was a lot of fun. Even the band, Psychedelic Relic, sounded pretty good. We tried to make our way through the corn maze but got really lost. Or not so much lost, as we kept circling back to the beginning and could not figure out how to advance further into the maze. The kids got frustrated and we decided to take a break, but we never made it back. No matter. We had a great time seeing the barnyard animals, watching the pig race, and playing on the horse swings, jumping pillows, and pedal carts among other things. Then we picked two massive pumpkins to bring home.
Here are some nice photos of our day of autumnal pleasantries.
Carving a bear. With a chainsaw.
Lost in the maize.
Pig race, photofinish.
Allis Chalmers by the pond.
Modern technology could help.
After several days of playing tourist in our home town, we spent a long weekend with family in Brattleboro, VT. The kids and I enjoyed a visit to The Barnyard at Retreat Farm where there were no barriers between guests and animals and we fed oxen and goats, held chicks and captured chickens, and scratched pigs’ backs. We spent most of the day there with the kids asking to go back immediately.
Carlos the Ox
A chick in my hand.
Selfie with chickens
Chickens pecking my feet.
2-day-old piglet with mom.
Silo through the window.
Dinosaur! Or an emu
My baby with a baby chick.
This weekend, we took our kids on their first camping trip at Recompence Shore in Freeport, ME. The oceanfront camp sites are adjacent to Wolfe’s Neck Farm. We enjoyed a tour of the barn and garden with a livestock educator, and had a good time exploring the shore and hiking in the woods.
Our guide points out potato bugs
View of Casco Bay
On our last day in New York, we visited the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. This was a second visit for Peter, a couple of dozen visits for me, and countless more for my mother. In short, the zoo is a place we all love. Highlights include seeing baboons and ibex on hillside, sunning lions and giraffes, baby gorillas galore, and the flitter-flutter of the butterfly garden.
Baby baboon and mother
Baby baboon in action!
This will be the first of several posts from a Spring Break trip to New York City with my mother and my son.
One highlight of the trip was a visit the American Museum of Natural History. I hadn’t visited the museum since I was a child, and several galleries were much as I remembered. The AMNH is known for it’s “dead zoo” collections of preserved animals set up in naturalistic dioramas. I noticed in the African mammals gallery how all the displays were surrounded by marble and carved friezes which made me realize just how much money went into the museum when it was built. A nearby gallery of mammals from New York State showed that the money was not spread around evenly as it was just simple cases with the pelts of various animals pinned to the wall. We also explored the halls of North American mammals, Asian mammals, and ocean life. The highlight of any visit to the AMNH are the two galleries of dinosaur fossils which are vastly different from my childhood with the new scientific understanding of dinosaurs incorporated in the exhibits.
We visited only a fraction of the museum and will have to return to explore more.
Pride of lions
Line of skulls.
Christopher, the lion at Franklin Park Zoo whose roars could be heard throughout the park died yesterday. He was a family favorite. Here are a couple of photos to remember him by.
A snow mound in front of my place of work has become a gathering place for at least five rabbits (there could be more but rabbits can’t count beyond four).