After a lazy morning, and a quick stop at Chik-fil-A for lunch, we all headed to Lazy 5, a local animal drive-thru park with over 750 different exotic animals roaming around. It was sure an adventure! I’ve been here once before, but we just drove the grounds in our car. This time around we made an appointment to join a wagon ride and you can actually feed the animals right from your hand! It’s so exhilarating and exciting to see them so close and we all had a great time. I think I managed to take over 200 photos!
Here are some of the good ones . . .
From left to right: my mom, cousin and aunt. Sure love these guys!
I think this one is my favorite, look at that giant tongue!
They also have a petting zoo to walk around after the ride. While many of the animals weren’t out since it’s winter, there were still some roaming around waiting to be fed!
I liked the reflection in this picture . . .
FEED ME PLEASE!!
We had such a blast! It was sure chilly outside brrrr but the sun was shining!
After we got home, my mom and I took her little doggy Shadow for a quick walk. My mom recently adopted Shadow after she was hit by a car on the highway. Her right leg eventually had to be amputated, but she is doing really well now. She is such a sweetheart!
I was surprised at how well she does, and the other 3 legs make up for it :)
For dinner we headed out again for some good southern BBQ mmm that is something that I don’t indulge in very often. It’s fun to immerse yourself in different cuisines when visiting a city. There is nothing that I enjoy more than trying and visiting local favorites that make a city unique. I try to avoid national chains as much as possible to support local restaurants when traveling.
We always try to make a stop at a restaurant called Lancasters. It’s a great place to go to for some lip-smackin’ southern BBQ. The inside has a ton of knick-knack items and racing memorabilia all over the walls and there’s even a real bus you can sit in!
If you order iced tea in the south, it is always sa-weeat tea (with an accent).
Chris usually orders unsweet tea and he was so surprised the first time he got the sweet stuff and about gagged! I had a sip of it and this stuff is sweeet! It has something near 60g of carbs for a large serving!! Yikes!
Every table gets a basket of hush puppies. Oh my gosh, these are addicting! I forced myself to only have two of these little bites of fried doughy goodness.
For dinner I ordered the salt and pepper catfish combo with pulled pork, corn on the cob and baked beans. I had one catfish filet, 1/2 the pork, 1/2 the corn and all the beans. I also had one of the ribs. Everything was delicious! The ribs were so tender and fell right off the bone mmm
To continue the indulgence of local favorites, there is a great ice cream shop called Bruster’s that Chris and I wanted to make a stop at. gah! this stuff is so good!
I had the small cup with peppermint stick and chocolate peanut butter buckeye. I was so glad I only got the small! I’ve never heard of a buckeye candy before, but I am a freak when it comes to anything with peanut butter and chocolate. What’s not to love? The peppermint had real chunks of peppermint candy and there were swirls of peanut butter all throughout the buckeye flavor. pure. heaven.
ha, love the marketing on the napkin. treat yourself. Yes, that is sure what I’ve been doing lately, but why does food always have to be considered a way to treat yourself? Especially with the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in all the indulgence, or we try to avoid the temptation at all costs and make ourselves feel guilty if we don’t work off that extra bite of pumpkin pie. Sometimes we don’t want to, and because of personal beliefs cannot eat the food that a host has prepared, but we don’t want to make them feel bad if we don’t eat their food. I’m sure there are many other situations you have experienced also. I’ve come to realize for me it’s important to not dwell on all the eating too much, enjoy the moments with family, friends and the food of the holidays for all that it is in the best way for my wellbeing.
Food is really what brings us together as a family, defines a region and sustains our bodies to keep us going and healthy. I know that I have indulged in wonderful food and have relaxed probably a bit too much, but you know what, I’m enjoying it in moderation and am not going to worry about it for this moment in time :)
What are your thoughts on the holiday-food conundrum?