Boondock Ramblings

A little bit about a lot of things

I thought I’d share a few photos from last week and this week. I meant to post this Saturday, but I was behind on editing and didn’t get a chance to catch up until yesterday.

We had a great week of a couple day trips, with my husband being on vacation, and then ended his vacation time with a date to see Avengers Endgame. Of course, my husband and son saw it opening weekend because both are legit comicbook fans (with my husband reading and collecting them almost his entire life) and they wouldn’t have survived waiting to find out how the epic movie series ended. I don’t plan to spoil the movie in case anyone hasn’t seen it yet, but it is well worth the three hours and really did bring the series to a satisfying conclusion, as star Chris Evans (Captain America) said in a recent interview.

Several of this week’s photos will showcase our trip to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., which is about an hour and a half from our house. This is a trip we have been taking at least once a year for the last couple of years since April the Giraffe gave birth to her baby Tajiri. My aunt lives less than 30 minutes from the park so we usually stop to see her when we are there.

If you don’t know, the park, because of April, went viral a couple of years ago when everyone and their brother found themselves watching Youtube to see April give birth. Giraffes gestate for 15 months so the wait was a bit long, but finally, the baby was safely born.

It’s a fairly rare thing to see a giraffe have a baby since in the wild they do so in secret to keep predators away. Now that “baby” is about 3 and April has given birth to another baby. Tajiri, the first baby, was set to be moved to another facility this past Fall, but the other facility had not prepared properly and Animal Adventure Park pulled out of the deal and built a new home for Tajiri and a new mate, Jahari.

What is nice about the park is how close you can get to many of the animals, such as the giraffes. You can literally look up and have a giraffe nose right in your face as you feed them carrots from an observation deck. You can also hand feed many of the other animals, include antelope, goats, llamas and turtles.

So there you go – you now know more about the giraffes in this Upstate New York zoo that you probably ever wanted to know.  In case you care, Animal Adventure Park also features 49 mammals, 29 birds and 24 cold-blooded animals. Stats are courtesy of the essay I made my son write on the trip for his English class (he’s homeschooled).

(note: all images are copyrighted by Lisa R. Howeler, 2019. For permission to use or licensing please contact me via this site or at



I have no idea who this lady is but I loved watching her with the giraffes because she just chatted along with them as she fed them. She reminded me of my Aunt Dianne, who I miss very much.





10 thoughts on “The week(s) in photos

  1. Michelle says:

    The park looks like a lot of fun! We have a safari park not too far away from where we live. It’s fun to ride the wagon through the park and feed the animals. Although the crazy ostriches will chase you down.

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    1. I should find out where you live. I was at one of those parks once and it was crazy! We did ride in a wagon and it was crazy all the animals that could come right up to the wagon – in Pennsylvania of all places! It was nuts but really cool

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      1. Michelle says:

        I’m in Virginia and I agree – it was crazy! The llama stole my bucket and ripped it in half so I didn’t have any food for the rest of the ride! 😀

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      2. Oh no! That’s crazy!

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  2. The first two with the kisses are priceless ❤️

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    1. Thank you! That was so funny. That baby camel just loved him for some reason


  3. Great photos! What a cool place with the giraffes. God bless you all!

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    1. Thanks, Ryan. Been reading about the tragedies in your state. Praying for Colorado

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      1. Thank you Lisa. It has been rough and we appreciate the prayers. Blessings


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