Yellow River Game Ranch

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The main goal of our trip was our day at Stone Mountain but since we were in the area I really wanted to also visit another childhood favorite: Yellow River Game Ranch. 

We had a late night Saturday night (big kids weren’t in the bed until 10 and Tess was straight up EXHAUSTED) so we were pretty pumped how well the kids slept for us Sunday πŸ™‚ Tess even slept until almost 9! We just took our time getting ready and decided to have Tess skip her morning nap in hopes that she’d sleep in the car on the way home for her afternoon one. Yes, we were crazzzzzy off schedule for this weekend πŸ™‚ (rebel!)

Breakfast!

While Zach loaded the car the big kids enjoyed reading from some Bibles in the room πŸ™‚

Britt HATES long pants? She always, always rolls them WAY up and it’s a legit struggle with her. I can just imagine how it’ll be when she’s a teen and wants to wear short shorts. Yikes!

Tess loved being into everything

We visited the Yellow River Game Ranch back in May of 2011 and had a great time (you can read that post here!). I was excited to take Britt and Tess for their first visit. Man, I thought it was pretty run down in 2011…now though? Y’all it’s pitiful. It’s still pretty expensive to get in and it’s just very, very run down. Zach and I kept joking that it seemed like we were in a scene of a horror movie or something. I hope it improves but I have a feeling it’s more likely to shut down in the near future. 

We brought our own carrots and graham crackers and the kids were SUPER into it, especially Kye. I think so often people assume boys don’t get “into stuff” as much as they get older. Sure, he’s 6 but he’s probably my most excited kid when it comes to experiences! I LOVE this age!

Tess was more about eating the crackers than about the animals!

The coolest part were the bears! I mean how many people can say they have fed a bear right?!?! 

We kept waiting for them to choke! Those carrots are massive!

No horror movie scene can be complete without an old, abandoned well…

I think the main reason the place is still up and running is that General Lee lives there. He’s pretty famous as he’s THE groundhog for the state of Georgia!

The experience was pretty awesome. It gave Zach and I quite a bit to giggle about and the gift shop was legit amazing. So many old school toys and figurines and lots of animal skinned stuff. My brother would have gone crazy in there back in the day as he loved a good old lucky rabbits foot πŸ˜‰ 

We finished up right on time for lunch and decided to just eat in somewhere before hitting the road. We went into a Taco Bell and again, memories just flooded back. It was still designed like the way I remember Taco Bell as a kid. I remember my dad picking us up on his weekends with us and us going to eat in Taco Bell and spitting ice cubes at each other. Classy πŸ˜‰ 

We weren’t spitting ice…but man did we leave our mark at that Taco Bell. The kids were all so sleepy and straight SILLY. Here’s a video of them breaking it down to the music πŸ˜‰ And here’s one of just Tess…child was so exhausted!

We had SUCH a great little weekend getaway! It was awesome that Kye didn’t have school the next day as I was able to get everything unpacked and washed and have a relaxing day off from the rush rush rush! 

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Yellow River Game Ranch

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Quite awhile ago a friend of mine gave me Lightroom. I have been WAY too busy to even try to figure it out. I’ve only used photoshop during a course I took in college and have very little memory of what to do with any of it. I know I’m VERY behind on the blogging and sometimes when I get behind I also get sick of blogging (I know that kinda doesn’t make sense but writing about stuff that happened awhile go isn’t as much fun as writing about stuff that just happened ya know?). To liven things up a bit I edited several of the next blog entries using Lightroom. No harsh judgements on how cruddy I may have done…I didn’t watch a tutorial or anything, I just played with it! Let me know what you think, ALL of my posts up until now have been edited with Picasa (and yes, I edit each and EVERY picture that I post!) so I’d love to know if you like these better, or if I should stick with Picasa πŸ™‚

Anyways…May was the month of weddings. We had Taylor’s on April 30th, Claire’s on May 21st and Chelsi’s on May 26th. All three were, obviously, out of town for us and I simply couldn’t even consider picking one or two to attend! Poor Zach…he’s praying that we’re DONE with weddings for awhile πŸ˜‰ Claire’s fell on the weekend after we got home from Bermuda and I couldn’t think of leaving Kye again after we’d just been gone for 5 days. We finally came up with the great idea to bring Mom with us! We stayed in Norcross and got the chance to visit a place that she took us to many times growing up, The Yellow River Game Ranch.

We drove up Friday afternoon (after Kye’s nap) and got up that next morning and headed to the ranch! I woke up with a KILLER migraine but tried to push through the best I could because I wanted it to be a fun time together, it didn’t disappoint πŸ™‚

I hunted for a great hotel with free breakfast and wifi πŸ™‚

It’s been SO long since I’d been that I appreciated all the tips people gave me on Facebook. I wore tennis shoes (which I’m even surprised that I own..I bought them to wear in Paris for all the walking!) and brought along plenty of crackers and carrots for the animals. RIGHT when we walked in the deer came up to us, ready to eat!

He was hardcore about my crackers

So cute πŸ™‚ I was cautious though b/c when we were kids one attacked my mom there and had to be sedated!

Now that Kye is older it’s fun to pump him up for stuff (we aren’t going to Disney until Sept but every time he sees the castle on a movie we talk about how we’re going there and who he wants to meet!). Prior to this trip we talked ALL about meeting the animals and what kind he’d meet and what kind he wanted to meet. The one he really wanted to see was cows…I wasn’t sure there would be cows there but once he saw the deer he was good to go!

In the beginning, he loved watching ALL the animals

To me, it was SO awesome to see squirrels come right up to us and eat from our hands! We LOVE watching the squirrels at home in our backyard (we even just bought a squirrel feeder for them)


goats

such cute little baby ones

I was VERY surprised that they had a bear area there. I mean, you couldn’t pet them (duh) but you could still feed them! Kye LOVED watching the bear and several other kids kept throwing apples at him (so mean) and the bear wouldn’t eat them. After we left I’d ask him about his day and what he liked and his answer was always “bears eat apples.”

A guy who worked there walked right in the area to pick up all the apples and the bear didn’t even care that he was there!

Is it just me or do donkeys always seem to have funny personalities?

Kye LOVED the sheep!

By FAR the ugliest animal there…grosssssssss

Big Daddy has a farm. Well he has a lot of land, tractors, some crops, a horse and now chickens. Every time Kye visits G-Mama’s house she rides him on the golf cart to see the chickens and Big Daddy has even let him feed them before. It’s always cute to hear him talk about the chickens when we go to pick him up, these little baby chicks were precious!

We bi-passed a LOT of the animals because, like your typical 2 year old, Kye was over it after about 20 min. We did stop to see the bunnies and it was great because you could touch them without having to reach through a fence. I LOVE touching stuff (random Emily fact) so this and the deer were my favorites.

Mom was hardcore about picking up the bunnies!

This old one was REALLY sweet and hungry

(I LOVE wearing my la coco turquoise bead necklace with my sunset bangle!)

We completed the whole thing in an HOUR. We had stopped on our way and gotten lunch to eat a picnic there but we were done so early we ended up heading back to the hotel to eat it. I had envisioned us taking all morning and having to rush back for nap haha It’s easy to forget that a toddler doesn’t have a long attention span! We did spend a little extra time playing on all the horse rides, many of which were there when I was a kid!

It was a short, but wonderful visit! I love DOING things. It’s so important for a child to learn by experiences and not just from books, tv, and such. He got to touch and feed many animals and interact with many that he wouldn’t usually get to do. I’m very excited to take him to visit Zoo Atlanta and the Aquarium soon – I think he’s at a GREAT age for it!

So glad Gramma got to come with us!

Another great reason to bring Gramma along on trip…great family photos!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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