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Attraction Review: Out of Africa Park Camp Verde, AZ

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A one of a kind experience.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, AZ is about as close as you can get to the “real thing” while maintaining the safety that humans need from these wild animals! Take away the fences necessary to keep us safe and you really feel these animals are at home in the wild.

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Dean and Prayeri Harrison have always had a heart for bringing God, people and animals together in a natural setting. Their journey brought them to Arizona from California with a few other stops on the way. In 2005 the current Out of Africa habitat in Camp Verde was open to the public. You can read more about the founders here.

Highlights!
Make sure you get the most out of your paid admission which is good for all day in and out services for the Wildlife Park. There are some events that happen on a schedule and others that you can do at your leisure. Check the website for the most up to date times and days but make sure you don’t miss these!

Safari Tour:
This 40 minute open air bus tour takes you through the African Bush Safari with many stops where you can see the free range animals in their habitats. Although you cannot get off the bus, there are some chances to feed the camels and giraffes (and even get a smooch if you choose). We had close up views of zebras, antelopes, oryx, 14ft+ giraffes, water buffalo, ostrich and watossi cattle.

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The tour is so educational and you will leave with a wealth of knowledge. Did you know that string cheese comes from water buffalo and that a giraffe’s 16 inch tongue is dark so that it doesn’t get sunburn when it is eating all day?

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Tiger Splash:
Depending on the day and the tigers moods you may see one or two tigers put on a show in the Splash pool. The zoo keepers are great and play with the tigers and ultimately try to get them to take a jump into the pool. This is a must see!

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Giant Snake Show:
Even if you aren’t a huge snake fan (me!) this is a great show and happens in the same area as the Tiger Splash shortly after. We met Tapestry, a 16 foot python that was rescued from an abusive wonder. THere is a chance for volunteers to lift and hold her as well take up close pictures and feel her “satin” skin.

Predator feed:
This event only happens three days a week so do your best to plan your visit around it! At 3pm they feed all the large carnivores and you have the chance to walk with the meat truck as they throw whole turkeys and big slabs of beef over the fences. The animals were literally salivating and pacing as they heard trucks pull up. Animal instincts took over and we saw some animals fighting over first dibs.

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The whole park is stroller/wheelchair friendly (including trams). You can walk the park by foot (about 1.5 miles) or take the tram that runs every twenty minutes from stop to stop.

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There are bathrooms near the front and at Tram Stop 2 which is the main hub for the special events. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out for that special souvenir.

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What to pack:

  • A water bottle (there are drinking fountains to fill up at multiple stops)
  • Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Money- there is no food or drink allowed in the park, so bring money to buy lunch or snacks from the Jungle Hut
  • Binoculars (although the animals are so close, I doubt you will use them much)

Pricing:

Adults: $29.95 (13+) Children $14.95 (3-12)

Hours: 7 days/week 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We arrived at the park just before 11 and caught the first safari tour, had lunch and did the other specials highlights listed above and wrapped our day up around 4. Please allow yourself most of the day to thoroughly enjoy all that the park has to offer.

Call them wild, call them crazy, whatever you do, just don’t call this place a zoo!

This review was created for FulltimeFamilies.com, the resource for Full-time RVing Families by Jennifer Holt of Free2Breathe.com

 

 

Revealing the Winner of the 2014 Fulltime Families Summer Scavenger Hunt

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Every year, Fulltime Families hosts a nationwide summer scavenger hunt for families.

Part scavenger hunt, part educational activity, part family bonding opportunity and 100% fun, the photo scavenger hunt, sponsored by Lazydays, the RV Authority, is a point based competition that unfolds on Facebook over four weeks, with competitors posting pictures to gain points and race to become the Ultimate Explorer and win $250!!!!

The race has been created so family teams can participate anywhere in the world!

Full time rving is not a requirement. Criss-Crossing the country is not a requirement.

Having a camera, a family and an sense of imagination is all that’s required!

Families were issued 99 picture challenges including;

Jumping on a trampoline

Blowing a bubble

Finding a street named after you

Visiting a battle field

Joining a stranger for dinner

Asking a couple to tell you the story of how they met

Being handcuffed to police officer

Shaking hands with the mayor

To download the complete list click here: 2014 FtF Summer Scavenger Hunt

To see the pictures, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/fulltimefamiliesscavengerhunt/

And to see who won, watch this…

Thank you to Lazydays the RV Authority and all the families who played.  You were all amazing!!!

Be sure to join in on the fun next year!

 

Top Ten Reasons I HATE MINECRAFT

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I know my position will be unpopular.  After you read this, you’ll most likely be tempted to add a comment to the likes of , “But, Kimberly, Minecraft is such a wonderful game.  Think of all the various skills your children are honing while they spend their every waking moment playing”.

But I can’t stay silent anymore!  I absolutely detest Minecraft!

There! It’s out!  I’ve said it!  Now, let me tell you why I shudder when I hear the words, “Creeper”, “Herobrine”, “Notch” and countless others that consume my older boys and roll off their tongues better than the educational mnemonics we’ve been studying for forever!!!

A brief history to let you know that Minecraft planted its talons in my boys during the Winter Rally in Suwannee (Jan, 2013).  Previously, I had heard it mentioned but never did pay any attention.

And then, there it was.. this $6.99 option for my kids to have a common interest with other homeschoolers and full time traveling kids. This gift from the Virtual Gods that would yield to positive and productive interactions between my two olders (“you build this, I’ll go kill that Spider Jockey”, “do you have any extra iron ore I can borrow to craft my sheers”) .  This manna from the netherworld that would give me a much needed break and completely entertain my kids and their friends, giving me a much needed Mommy Break.

It was a no brainer… get the credit card honey!  We’re goin’ Mining!

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BIG RED FLAG #1

Not too long after, on one bright and shining morning, there was a complete and utter meltdown in my rv.  It seems Blaise had left his ‘dog’ unattended in his home and the dog had drowned in his pool. WTF!!!!

I raced to my facebook and sent out an all points bulletin to all the “Minecraft Moms” about how we could remedy this situation. We were obviously playing this sand box game all wrong. I knew we couldn’t ‘revive’ the dog, but how we could make it so we wouldn’t need to send the kids to therapy for the sudden loss of virtual pets.

As you can imagine, the responses were across the board:

  • Build fencing around the pool
  • Change the game to “peaceful” mode – which I was advised by my boys is no darn fun.
  • Quit your whining and helicopter parenting and let them play. (My personal favorite 😉

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BIG RED FLAG #2

So, we forged on (pun intended) and one particular evening Dominick came home from another FtF’s camper, bursting to tell me all about all the fun he had playing the xbox version of Minecraft.  I listened with one ear, and hoped he did not recognize the glaze in my eyes as disinterest.. until he excited exclaimed, “and we killed a bunch of villagers!” WTF!!!!!

After a spiritual conversation about the responsibility of ‘Playing God’ and being a person of moral, empathetic and ethical character, we made a hard and fast rule: No killing Villagers. Period!

Now, Dominick is very proud to tell me he makes sure the villagers’ houses are empty before he burns them down.  I am one proud Mama!

BIG RED FLAG #3

I had first heard the term ‘mating’ in regards to Minecraft a few months ago, and although I had my reservations, my kids told me they were ‘mating’ animals.  Like livestock, farming, age old practices we’ll be able to rely on when the end of the world comes (the silver lining will be the end of Minecraft:).  Yes, these are skills my boys should have – although I’m not sure when I send them out into the field, rubbing one animal on top of another Minecraft Style will actually produce offspring.

But a new update was released and guess what – you can now mate Villagers!  That’s great!  At least the villagers will have something to do while they’re waiting for their burnt down houses to be rebuilt.

Now let’s address the actual programming of Minecraft.

I have spent days trying to hash out ‘Mods’ with nothing to show for it!  We have tried to download skins – nah!  and today I have spent the last hour trying to purchase the program for Dominick’s laptop – nope (am I a glutton sending mixed signals or what?).

Mojang is constantly telling me.. you silly middle aged mom, this block world is WAY over your head… please hand the appliance to your 3 year old and back away.. he knows how to make this work!

I’ve really just been pushed to my limit. Mating villagers, killing sprees and the fact that my kids know by heart every combination for making potions and crafting articles (in just 6 months) but can’t remember to put a period at the end of a sentence… something we’ve been working on for 2 years!

I seriously wish we could go back to a Minecraft-less (and Facebook-less if I want to be completely honest) World where my kids dug in real dirt, had no contact with villagers, and their dogs weren’t at risk of drowning.

 

What Drives Us; The Lundy 5

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The Lundy 5 at White Sands National Monument

The September 2012 FtF Magazine Featured Family is the Lundy Family.  They’ve been on the road for 2+ years.  What fueled their desire to hit the road and do they have any plans in the future to stop?  Click here to read the article!

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