Friday, May 28, 2010

A here, a little there

This has been an interesting break to say the least. Coming home is always an adventure and I can't wait for our stay to be more permanent. I feel like there is so much about my mission trip that I haven't shared yet and in the meantime, other adventures that I want to share have been stacking up in my little corner of the world. 

One of the best things about the break has been getting to spend some time with Korey. Not that I don't get to see him at all when I'm in school, but the focus is on studying and surviving and usually I just see him at dinner or when I'm getting ready in the morning. We've spent a lot of quality time together. First we ran in the Warrior Dash which was a blast. I can't wait to run it again next year. I'll post some pictures of it on here when I get them from our friend Greg.

One day Korey took me to see the kangaroo conservation center. I've been hounding begging him to take me ever since I read about it in Time magazine. It was so much fun and there were a ton of kangaroos. They have the second largest number of kangaroos for any conservation outside of Australia.

I wish that we could have gotten closer to the kangaroos, but I understand the reasoning behind the fences. Apparently a kangaroo looks cute and cuddly but those adorable bouncy legs can also be used as a deadly weapon, and also the primary responsibility of the conservation center is to protect the kangaroos.

It did make it hard to get good pictures. I managed to get a few of them shooting through the fences or holding my camera up and hoping for the best. 

It was hot so the roos were all hanging out in the shade. 

My obsession with these amazing animals started with my friend Shauna who works for a small zoo. She was the caretaker for a baby kangaroo and Korey and I got to play with it.

Nothing can top that kangaroo experience, but the conservation center was still a worthwhile trip. 
They were even filming for a TV news segment called Hidden Treasures while we were there. 

The conservation center didn't only have kangaroos. There were a lot of other animals there. Like the worlds largest pigeon. 

This was one quirky bird. One of the workers told us to stick our fingers out because this bird likes to stick his beak between them. Strange I know, but of course we had to do it.

There was a lot of other wild life.

As we were exploring the park, we found a deer. I was worried at first that it was hurt or scared of us.

Until my deer whispering husband called it over like it was an old family pet. 

It's a good thing that I married a man that loves animals, because I am such a fan of wildlife.

They quickly became best friends. 

Eventually the deer warmed up to me too.

There were some elderly women that saw us taking pictures and came over to get their picture taken. This deer was not typical and definitely scouted out the ham sandwich from her purse. Who knew a deer would like meat?

Don't worry, we took it away so that the deer didn't eat it. She snagged a banana next. Closer to a normal herbivore snack, but we didn't let her eat that either.

This picture cracks me up so much.This is me and Correen in about 50 years. I can tell you exactly how the conversation will go. "Lindsey, will you give me a hand here! This deer is rifling through my purse!" "Sure Correen, just one minute. Let me get my camera."

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