Sarah, my daughter who is visiting from Chicago, and I took a little trip yesterday and today, so there will be no news from Afton Station, I'm afraid. But I thought you might want to hear about this hidden gem we stumbled upon while driving in northwest Arkansas this afternoon. Sarah and I love, love, love drive-through wildlife parks, but this is one we'd never heard of. After being disgusted by traffic, miles of strip malls, and way too much Walmart influence in Springdale and Bentonville (home of Walmart), we veered off onto a less traveled road in the town of Gentry, where we saw this sign....
Naturally, we followed the directions, expecting a little unimpressive collection of potentially mistreated animals. How very wrong we were! This was without a doubt one of the best we've visited. Many acres of wildness, over 4 miles of dirt roads, and hundreds and hundreds of animals and birds. Check it out at: www.wildwildernessdrivethroughsafari.com.
Here are a few photos. The first one was taken seconds before the camel charged the car. No, I'm not kidding. I put the pedal to the metal just in time and we got away from him.
What a great 1 1/2 days on the road with my daughter! This would be a nice side trip for Route 66 travelers, too.