Wolf Sanctuary of PA

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Earlier this year we visited the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, which is located in Lititz. It is home to a variety of wolf packs. And an education facility for those looking to tour and learn about wolves. You can take a tour most Saturdays and Sundays, it is just $12 a person. You can also reserve a tour on a Tuesday or a Thursday for $15 a person. Additionally, they offer private tours and full moon tours. You can find out more by visiting their website.

The wolf sanctuary provides refuge to these wolves, since PA is not a natural residence for wolves. They provide food and a land for them and also happily accepts donations. You can sponsor a wolf by visiting their membership page. It can help the sanctuary provide and meet the wolves needs. You can also purchase gift certificates, donate, or purchase merchandise here.

It’s an interesting experience and you’ll learn a lot about the wolf packs. Plus, you’ll get to watch the caretakers feed them and see the unique personalities that each of them have. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in the area.



animals, Photography, Zoo

ZooAmerica is located in Hershey, PA and is associated with Hershey Park Entertainment and Resorts. In fact, it is adjacent to HersheyPark. You can visit the zoo separately or as part of your day at the park.

The zoo is open year around and spans 11 acres. If you want a special, check out $5.50 Fridays, which runs from January 29th-March 18th this year. They also offer an annual community weekend (no charge for tickets). The event took place this past weekend (January 30th-31st).

Learn more about the zoo by visiting their webpage, they offer education programs, behind the scenes tours and information on conservation. ZooAmerica’s page also features a kid’s section (including information on birthday parties). You can also learn how to get involved including employment, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing.


Christmas Kitty

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ShadowThanksgiving has officially passed, which means we’re setting up for Christmas in our household. We set up the tree, hung the stockings, and put out my collection of Nutcrackers. To quote Meredith Wilson, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” And we’re not the only ones enjoying the festiveness. If you’ve seen any cat/Christmas memes or vids, you know all too well, that cats have a “special” relationship with Christmas trees. Luckily for us, our cats don’t knock it over or try to climb it (maybe because it’s artificial?). However, they do love to lay underneath it. And Shadow (the cat pictured here) likes to chew on the fake pine needles (she has an obsession with plastic…). Anyway, this picture was taken with her laying on the arm of the couch with the tree lights in the background. Keep in mind, for your holiday photos, Christmas lights make for great bokeh! Anyway, we hope you had a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the season!

Farm Show 2015


We’re taking a break from the OBX this week to feature two photos from the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The Farm Show is an event that takes place every January in Harrisburg, PA. One of the features is a butter sculpture that changes every year (yes, it’s a sculpture made from butter). The Farm Show also houses a variety of animals including cows, goats, chickens, bunnies, and more. Additionally, you can get a glimpse of chicks hatching and ducklings playing.

The event is also not short on food. There is an area for snack sampling and wine tasting. They also offer a packed food court, featuring delicious eats from maple cotton candy to potato doughnuts and apple cider.

These are just a few of the things that happen at the Farm Show. However, if you want to learn more, check out the PA Farm Show’s website.

Birds Kissing

animals, Travel, Zoo

This is a photo I took several years ago. The quality isn’t quite as good as some of our other photos. However, I still think it has its own charm. These two little parakeets were found “kissing” at a zoo near Boston.

My mom and I visited Boston over five years ago. And we both fell instantly in love with the walking city. The cobblestone streets, the history, the movie sites and more. We packed a lot into an extended weekend, from whale watching to visiting an art gallery. We also enjoyed having drinks at both cheers bars (I sat at Norm’s seat, at the original bar) and checking out the pastry shops, among other things.

While staying near Boston, we decided to add the Franklin Park Zoo to our list, because at the time they were filming Zookeeper (I was a big fan of Kevin James’ then). It was a fun zoo to visit, but unfortunately we didn’t run across any celebrities. But we did get a glimpse of the set. They had an area of the zoo roped off for just the occasion. That alone was kind of cool to see, even if I didn’t get to meet Kevin James.

There are places you visit and think “this is great,” but it’s probably a once and done deal. However, Boston wasn’t like that. I recall my mom and I discussing going back there some day. The weekend went by too fast and there was still plenty left to do. I hope some day to return to the cobblestone streets of Boston, relive old memories and make new ones.

Cape May Park & Zoo

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Cape May Park & Zoo is located in Cape May Court House, NJ. It was originally created in 1978. It’s a free park and zoo run on donations. They offer a zoo, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a fishing pond, a wedding gazebo, a rock climbing wall, and a carousel. Plus, in 2016 they will introduce rope courses and zip-lines.

The park and zoo are open seven days a week, year round. They even offer special events, such as a night walk (after hours at the zoo). There is a ticket price and reservations are required. However, snacks and drinks are included.

There is also a special zoo camp offered every summer. It’s a great place for kids to learn more about animal life.

We highly recommend visiting this location if you are in the area. You can pack a picnic lunch and tour the zoo. It’s affordable and fun. Plus, there is plenty to do, especially with little ones.

Wolf Sanctuary of PA

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PA has not been home to wild wolves for more than a hundred years. However, for over 30 years, wolves have found sanctuary in Lititz, PA.

The wolf sanctuary provides stimulating environments in natural woodlands. It was once considered a private refuge, but has grown into more, an educational facility.

It is open to the public during specific hours for walking tours, including full moon tours. Find out more by visiting their website. This is a must see for animal lovers and photographers.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

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This wildlife preserve and zoo is located in Thurmont, MD, about 30 minutes from Gettysburg, PA. That’s actually how we found it. We had originally planned to take a road trip to Gettysburg. I started by checking out Gettysburg’s visitors page and found several suggested stop offs. We decided to make a day out it. We visited a local winery, spent most of the day at the zoo, and ended it with dinner in Gettysburg.

We recommend this location for photographers and families. The zoo offers fun activities including camel rides and safari rides. Plus, they have a petting zoo. Bring your camera because there are photographic opportunities throughout.