Nov 012012
 

I have got to tell you that my excitement to go visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ was not unwarranted!  It was amazing to watch the majestic creatures that were there.  They have 4 different pens for the wolf packs.  They have had the misfortune to have had several of their wolves die this past year, but it was from old age as the majority of the wolves there are 10 years +, which is older then they would have lived in the wild.  There are a few younger wolves including 3 British Columbian Wolves that are black that are being kept in a smaller pen for now as they were spoiled a bit by the older wolf pack they were tried to be introduced to, which caused them to become a little over aggressive towards the older wolves, so they needed to be put in their own pen.  These pups were about 18 months old when we saw them I believe.

Each pack was unique and it was fun to see the different interactions between the members of the packs.  All I have to say is that it was an amazing experience and I have to strongly suggest visiting this preserve to any who have a love of wildlife and/or photography!  The extra for the photographer’s option is well worth the money.  If you aren’t interested in photography, visit the preserve just to see the wolves during their twice daily wolf watch.

I do have to let you know that right now the preserve is without power due to Hurricane Sandy as it is located in New Jersey, but the owners are working on cleaning up and keeping the wolves safe.  They  also plan to adopt a few new pups next spring to introduce to their packs, so younger wolves will soon be joining the ranks.

 

Aug 272012
 

This Spring I had the honor of discovering an new local attraction that I never new existed.  A friend heard about a Dam and Azalea Garden near Columbia, Maryland and we decided to check it out.  I have to say that it is a beautiful area and the Dam itself offers a nice habitat for geese and some other wild life to enjoy.  Fishermen can go there, although I do want to put out the reminder that this is an area shared by other people and other species, so please clean up after yourself and don’t leave fishing lines out where it can harm other wild life!

 

 

First we saw the beautiful picnic area down by the dam and then we went and walked around the Azalea Garden, which has Azaleas in many different colors and several different sizes.  It was fun to walk around, get some fresh air, and see and photograph these beautiful flowers and the local wildlife.  Definitely keeping this place in mind for next year to visit again!

 

 

 

Of note, there are also beautiful Dogwood trees in the Azalea Garden.  There is fun to be had here by people of all ages and even the family pet can go and have fun.  There is picnic tables, and even a pavilion for special events.

 

Aug 222012
 

Jelly Fish

Living near Baltimore there are many places I try to visit at least every couple of years.  As I have friends and family come visit who don’t live in the area, I make it to some of these sites more often then when they aren’t here visiting.  It is very easy to take for granted the sites in DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, let alone all the other areas near by.  My last visit to the Baltimore Aquarium was this past April, and it made me want to make it there to visit more often.

When I went there was still an official Dolphin show taking place several times a day, and I hear now that is not the case, but visitors can still go watch the trainers interact with the dolphins and can pay extra to spend a day assisting the trainers/or become trainers for the day.

There are many fish and exhibits to be seen that can teach young and old alike about our oceans and water ways.  There are even special exhibits that occur sometimes.  When I went there was a special Jelly Fish Exhibit to capture the visitors imaginations.  The fish are beautiful and there is lots to learn along the way.  The aquarium has activities for children and lots of information that is fun for the adult visitors, too.  I’d recommend a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore to anyone who is contemplating it!