The Great Outdoors


It’s been a great couple of weeks here.  We took a nice weekend trip to do a little cabin camping.  We went to a wonderful wildlife preserve,  “The Wilds”, near Columbus, OH.  It was a really incredible place.


The animals live in large pastures and they keep some endangered species in addition to the normal giraffes and zebras.

Sichuan Takin

I was particularly fascinated by the Sichuan Takins.  They are currently listed as vulnerable and share the same habitat as Giant Pandas. We first saw one from across a small lake and it looked like a bear.  They are actually relatives of goats and antelope.


We also had a chance to see Pe’re David’s Deer, which are now extinct in the wild.  In addition to the large pastures containing mixed herbivores, The Wilds also has a carnivore center where they keep African Painted Dogs, Cheetahs, and Dholes.   We really enjoyed the chance to see the animals in such a natural setting and look forward to visiting again when the boys weigh enough to do the zip line tour.


Across from the Wilds, Appalichia Outdoor Adventures has created a system of mountain bike trails that are fantastic for a family ride.  The trails are designed for a variety of riding skills, but frequently loop together.  I promise it gets easier after the initial two hills.  We also enjoyed riding trails at Dillion State Park.  I managed to catch a picture of my husband riding next to the lake at Dillion while the boys were playing at the playground.

We’ve set a goal to go camping at least once per month during the summer/fall.  During college and for a few years post, we enjoyed tent camping and mountain biking.  We used to have a well oiled tent camping routine.  Honestly I’ve never managed to adjust to tent camping with kids, so I’ve made plans for cottage camping and mountain biking this summer.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!




4 thoughts on “The Great Outdoors

  1. We are hoping to go camping in the Rockies this summer with another family. It is only 6-8 hours away depending on where we decide to camp. We just need to figure out a good time for both families with both of our scheduled filling up. Both my wife and I haven’t camped there since our childhood so it is about time.

    • I hope you post some pictures, although pictures never seem to do justice to the Rockies. I’ll look forward to hearing about your trip.

  2. That last photo you took of your husband is fabulous. Seriously, it needs to go into some brochure advertising the area or something!
    You all sound very healthy and very active! Give me my own bed any day…..especially now I’ve started sleeping!

  3. That looks like a great place. I don’t think I have ever heard of the Sichuan Takin. I guess the panda is just cute and so we learn about that.

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