The day after Christmas, me, my husband and my sister did something amazing. It would have been more amazing if the temperature wasn’t two degrees above absolute zero, but I won’t ruin the moment with bitching.
We drove about an hour north of my mom’s to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, FL. I found out about this wonderful place via the equally wonderful Thoughts Appear’s Blog. She had such a great experience there and when I found out that the preserve was so close to my mom’s, I knew I had to go as well.
I am so glad that I did.
That’s me in the middle. Don’t let the smiles fool you, we were freezing our lily-white asses off. But, this was a once-in-a lifetime experience, so we gritted our teeth and experienced with a vengeance.
This is one of the British Columbia Wolf pups. He was very curious. My husband says he will never wash that coat again. But, we didn’t just see wolves behind a fence. No, we were right in the middle of them.
These are Gray Wolves. It’s hard to tell from photos exactly how big these animals are. They are big, like large dogs. They move differently, though. It was exhilarating to be so close to them. Hearing them howl was beyond amazing. Then, I got to touch one.
It’s kinda hard to tell, but that is a wolf belly. I rubbed it. I also held wolf paws in my hands. Awesomely fantastic in every possible way.
Well, except for the cold. Now that we know how close the wolves are to my mom’s house, we will definitely go back when the weather is warmer. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend it. It’s a bargain at only $15 a person. An air-brushed t-shirt from Panama City costs more than that and who really needs another air-brushed t-shirt. Even one with fringe.