Technically, we won’t have the April Full Moon before tomorrow at 6:12 a.m. CDT (11:12 a.m. UTC). But the Moon was shining bright until it got covered by clouds, and another storm came in tonight. There is a slim chance, I will get up in the early Friday morning hours. The girls have a four-day break from school. And Kevin took a day off as well. It is a good day to sleep in for another hour, than the usual time to start breakfast and get the kids ready for school. With over 99 percent full, the picture comes close enough. 😉
Before the severe thunderstorm comes through North Texas tonight, the sky cleared up, and I could photograph the waxing gibbous Moon in the early evening hours. In two days, the April Pink Moon will be full. Of course, the Moon won’t be pink. It got it’s name from the Spring pink blooms at this time of the year. Hopefully, this weekend the sky will be clear for a perfect shot of the “Easter Full Moon”.
Since we had a thunder storm coming through North Texas, the girls got bored sitting inside the house. Sara said: “Mom, you wanted to help me coloring some Easter eggs this weekend. Let’s do that!” Said, done! Now, we can eat hard boiled eggs for a few days. 🐇
Since we are not big with traditional Easter celebrations, Kevin and I decided to go with the girls to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. The park is located south of the Dinosaur Valley State Park outside Glen Rose; and 55 miles SW from Fort Worth. That’s about an hour and a half drive from our house.
When we arrived at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, the girls and I stepped out of the car to see some American Bisons, while Kevin paid for the access tickets and a bag of feed. The park has guided tours, safari tours, family tours, etc. We chose to drive with our own car through the park. This way we are on our own time and speed to see the animals. Kevin explained the park rules to us, before we entered the park: “Girls, only the giraffes can be hand fed. No other animal should be touched and petted. When you feed the other animals, throw some feed on the ground away from the car. They will find it. And you can watch them, eating it.” Sara was not sure, if she really wants to hand feed a giraffe. These animals are sooo big for her. But we will see how she does, when a giraffe approaches her.
Katelynn and Sara were fascinated seeing calm ostriches, addax, antelopes, deer, and other animals. The zebras seemed to be very happy as well. At about mid-point of the 7.2 mile drive are the Nature Store and the Overlook Café located in the wildlife park. We had lunch at the café, before we went to see the giraffes.
Once the giraffes came to our car, Sara held her hand out and waited for one of the long-necked animals to take the feed from her. She loved how gentle the big giraffe took the food out of her hands. Katelynn fed the giraffe, too. She wanted to experience how it feels, when a giraffe takes food out of her hands. The little giraffe came over to take a nibble out of Sara’s hand and left some saliva as a “Thank you” on her hand. Sara didn’t mind. She fed two giraffes without being scared. Later, she would wash it off with some water and soap in the bathroom. “That was AWESOME!” she cheered. “But now, my hand is wet from the little giraffe.”
We went on to see more animals, before we left the park. It was a beautiful way to spend Easter Sunday. Katelynn and Sara both mentioned several times that they had fun, on our way home. But first we had some ice cream to round up this nice trip.
Happy April Fool’s Day!
In 2011 we were at Walt Disney World (this was my 3rd trip to WDW). Two of the many characters we met were Thumper an his girlfriend. On the first day, we saw only Thumper. And we’ve got a photo with him and Katelynn together. A few days later, we went back to Animal Kingdom. And this time, Thumper was accompanied by his lady friend.