Achievement #9 is another favorite childhood experience that I wanted to share with my husband. He had never been to Living Treasures Animal Park (and truthfully, despite there being two in the Pittsburgh area, not a lot of people actually have), and I had to show him how fantastic it was to be up close and personal and petting reindeer. More on that later…
So we picked a beautiful, sunny, and sweltering hot day to head up north to the Moraine State Park location. When I was a child, trips to Living Treasures were often coupled with hiking excursions at McConnells Mills and dinner at the Iron Bridge Inn, and so the entire ‘up north on 79’ experience resonates very nicely in my memory, and I’ve been gradually exposing Michael to all of this fantasticness over the years we’ve been together. Living Treasures is an animal park that combines both petting zoos and a regular zoo. You can’t pet the lions and bears, but you do get quite close to them, and you can pet kangaroos and all sorts of deer and gazelles.
The rest of this blog will be extremely picture-heavy, so that you can share in all the majesty of a wild animal petting zoo. And all the not-so-majestic parts, as well. More on that later. 🙂
First stop was the deer pen, where a small herd of deer took one look at the bag of carrots in our hands and ran straight at us. This one agreed to be patted on the head if he could eat my pants. Fair trade!
And then the reindeer sneezed all freaking over me.
And then I was like, “Well, a reindeer has already snotted on me, I mightaswell pet a porcupine.” (For the record, I did not know this is what a porcupine looks like! I really thought they were more hedgehog-like and round!)