|Looks like a photo we purchased, but Tim took this |
with my phone yesterday.
We had tentative plans. We had a room, a wine and romance package, up the mountain a bit from Phoenix. We had a great time. And got up Monday morning for the trip home with neither of us wanted the celebration to end. He suggested we stop at this place we'd both heard about, Out of Africa. I knew of it because years ago, it had been housed not far from my home. He knew about it because of a road sign that read that it was only a few miles from where we were staying. I used my phone just long enough to google them. And found out that I got in free because it was my birthday month. It seemed like an omen.
We went, not knowing what to expect. And maybe not expecting all that much. We were happy just to be spending some time outdoors, exploring, and being together without responsibility weighing us down. What we found was the most incredible experience. It was as though fate had led us there, as the sights and sounds were of a quality to raise excitement. Like we were kids again. We, the people, were the caged animals in many parts of this huge animal resort. The rhinoceros had six acres of natural desert and we had to stay off his land. But we got to watch him. The crocodile had his own natural habitat where he was free to roam. A giraffe came right up to the open air all terrain vehicle we were on. We fed him celery.
And the lions and tigers and bears...most of these animals were rescues. There is a single owner of the land and the animals - a couple - who have been rescuing exotic animals for more than thirty years. These animals are their family. And they have been raised in a protected 'wild.' Their natural instincts are catered to, and respected. The people who care for them do so at their own risk.
In my mind, I was witnessing, becoming a part of, the blending of spirit and heart and nature that every living being could experience if we were so willing. It's all just a matter of respect. Of being willing to respect.
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