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The Grand Canyon Deer Farm – Williams, AZ

6 Dec

You have got to go here…The Grand Canyon Deer Farm – Williams, AZ!

Who loves to feed animals?  I do, I do!  And believe me you will to after a visit to this farm.

On a trip to the Grand Canyon a sign for the deer farm appeared like a beacon…taunting me with cute animals and the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer.  It had me at “this exit”.

Like he always does, my husband fed into my childlike giddy and headed towards the farm.  When we arrived Santa’s sleigh was right out front and ready for a driver – that’s me!

I was already excited, but little did I know that I was in for so much more fun!  I hurriedly paid the entrance fee (it is worth every penny – well to me at least!)….and then the doors opened!  There were deers everywhere and they are not shy, but not aggressive.  I highly suggest buying feed for them.  Once you do this though you will have tons of friends!  I never laughed so hard as they all headed towards me…

I think I forgot to mention this…the deers are free roaming, so if you or members of your family have a fear of animals this may not be the place for them.

I could have spent hours feeding them…I think we actually did.  Several hours later my husband finally told me that we were out of money (big fat lie) and it was time to go!  Oh by the way there are other animals to see…wallabies, cattle, camels and bison just to name a few – don’t worry these animals are all caged!

The Grand Canyon Deer Farm can be a quick stop or a several hour adventure.  No matter what you choose to do you are in store for unforgettable family fun and laughter.  I am so glad I saw the sign and stopped and I know you will be too!

The farm is located off I40 just one hour south of the Grand Canyon so you literally can not get to the canyon without going here…just kidding! Another great thing about the farm…it has been open since 1969 and is family owned.  I know some may say that this place is hokey, but it is also filled with traditions and wonder that are priceless!

Happy Feeding,



Tanaka Farms – Irvine, Calif.

6 Oct

You have got to go here…Tanaka Farms – Irvine, Calif.

Isn’t this picture enough to make you want to visit Tanaka Farms?  Look at all those awesome pumpkins that you can pick yourself!!!

Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine, Calif., not far off the 405 freeway.  If you live in the Southern California area or are visiting, it is worth a trip.  Since we don’t really have seasons here in California, going to the Tanka Farms to pick pumpkins makes me feel like it is fall outside – even if it is 80 degrees.  Did you catch what I said?  PICK PUMPKINS!  That is right, you can pick them right off the vine.  While some have been picked for those who may not be as adventurous, there are plenty available for you to get your hands dirty…my favorite part!  There are orange ones, white ones, green ones…OH MY!

After many trips up and down the rows (and longer than I wish to admit), I finally found my perfect pumpkins.  Take your time, have fun! I promise there is nothing like picking your own pumpkins.  I was so giddy and excited…it made me feel like a kid again!

So you think the fun is over right?  NO WAY…Have you ever seen a pumpkin cannon?  Well now is your chance.  I know it sounds silly, but it was totally rad (yah I said it!).  Seeing a pumpkin shoot into the sky and smash into pieces on the hillside was so much fun.  I mean come one, you don’t see that everyday!  The only thing that would have made it better was if I got to push the button, but sadly that didn’t happen…hahaha!

My suggestion: stay for at least two pumpkins…you won’t be sorry

Now you think all the fun is over right?  NOT EVEN CLOSE!  Have you ever picked your own veggies?  Well, Tanaka Farms lets you do that too!  They have radishes, green onions, green beans and carrots (all organic).  I actually got to pick my side dishes – truly farm to table.  The U-PICK veggies are $2.99 a pound and well worth it.  You can’t get any fresher than that.

Are you ready for more?  There is also a corn maze, BBQ, produce stand (with farm fresh fruits, veggies, and more) and a petting zoo.  Interested in getting a box of fresh fruits and veggies once a week?  Sign-up for the “Community Supported Agriculture” program and your wish is Tanaka Farms command.

As you can probably see pumpkin season is my favorite, but Tanka Farms offers year round U-Pick opportunities: strawberries in the spring,watermelons in the summer and Christmas Trees in the winter.

OK, well I am going to leave you with one more pictures to temp you into visiting Tanka Farms this season…look at my loot!

Happy Pumpkin Picking,


Orange County Zoo

20 Jun

You have got to go here…Orange County Zoo!

Let me preface by saying – this is NOT the Santa Ana Zoo.  The Orange County Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park (I could write a whole other post about this awesome park!)  Also, if you don’t have kids you can still go here!  I am in my thirties, have no children but love to explore new places – yes, I often visit places that only kids are supposed to like.  I am here to erase that stigma, adults can do kids stuff too!

This zoo is very clean and the displays make it easy to see the animals, but the best part in my opinion is the petting zoo!  They have an assortment of animals that you can feed for as long as you want.  Food is $.25 a handful so bring plenty of quarters.

As you wander throughout the zoo you will find they have some pretty cool creatures – bald eagles, bears, mountain lions, bobcats and a variety of surprises!  One really neat thing about this zoo is that most of these animals are native to Southern California, so you just might see one on a hike – but be careful:)!

The zoo is not very big, so take your time, enjoy the scenery and learn about the animals.  There are also many programs that visitors can take part in, so check their website for all the current happenings.

On a side note, it is $3.00 (per carload) to the enter the park and $3.00 (per person) to enter the zoo.  There are limited refreshment stands in the park, so if you plan to stay a while  bring your own snacks, water or lunch!

Happy Animal Watching,