A Jungle Book

       Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
With just the bare necessities of life
-The Jungle Book 1967
While traveling last weekend and hitting popular tourist destinations here in Italy
my mind became boggled, once again. When I am in conversation with a stranger or a friend many times a place gets brought up to visit, I usually let them lead and voice what they
find is important, before I chime in on my experience. I might not even share that I had been to the same place. There may not be time left in the conversation, after the detail they
put in about their visit. Seeing a place through different eyes is refreshing!
If you pay attention to the tone of people or read their body language
you can figure out, without words, what direction the conversation will usually go.
Do they want to bond with you? Do they want the information to explore for
themselves? Do they want to one up you?
Now the people who know me, know who I am.  I look at my life often and think, why have I been able to experience so much, while other people have never been out of the
region they grew up in? Why do some people only make it through life with the bare necessities? I have gone through many times in life where the bare necessities were just that,
bare. During some of the bare times, I wondered where God was, yet later
on in life, figured out that “all is well” and he is by my side through the good and the bad times. That the bare moments will pass and so will the moments that are full. So embrace them as they come and go. The Lord has reminded me of that through scripture time and time again.
I am definitely not a one upper kind of gal. I want everyone to experience God’s Magnificent Earth. I feel blessed that the Lord has allowed so many doors to be opened for my family to see the world HE created. I am also thankful that he has given us the tools through man,
with the development of technology, to share our journey through the internet with people who may  not get to partake in things that we have.
The tool of blogging has freed my mind from a cage to express what I don’t say in person.
So while riding through the safari park at ZOOSAFARI and exploring Fasanolandia
in Fasano, Italy I started to think about the animal viewings we have taken part in over the years. Humans are the ones at the top of the food chain, yet we are the spectators
needing protection from all the exotic animals God created. My husband laughs at me because I talk about how cool it will be when we are in heaven for eternity and we will be able to interact freely with whatever animal we choose. At one point in time all the animals could hang out without being in danger. Through God’s word in scripture I have faith that it will happen again.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
Isaiah 11:6-7
After the safari last weekend, I thought I would come home and put something together to share some adventures we have enjoyed the most over the last few years!
The listing is in no particular order, they all have their own special place.
Welcome to my Jungle Book!
If you want to visit the ZOOSAFARI while in Italy check out their website below.
Tips: Do the drive through safari in your own vehicle or a rental car.
Don’t do it by bus you won’t get the full experience.
Bring your own food to feed them. Like any tourist attraction
you can get tangled into last minute purchases that could have been prevented if
you had just planned better. It was a fun experience and one that we shared with many who are stationed abroad in Naples, Italy.
Next would be The Nortwest Trek and Wildlife Park located in Eatonville,WA.
For more information visit their website below.
Tips: Do make sure your children use the restroom before
entering the train that takes you around the facility.
It is about a 1 hour excursion and there are no stops for the little ones.
We had a nice afternoon exploring the park with the Huntley family back in 2009.
There are multiple little learning centers along the way
for the kids to take in information before and after you take the trip around the park.
A favorite with my son Mayer and his buddy Aiden was the screech owl.
Another favorite would be the Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
We visited this park with the Kervella and Miller Family while
stationed in Athens, Georgia in 2008. The zoo was full of animals and visiting
during the month of March provided nice weather. It wasn’t too hot or too cold.
While we were in Portland we visited the Oregon Zoo. I was surprised they had a Zoo in Portland, mainly because of the mentality of letting everything be free and loose. How dare you cage anything in that city? When you have kids and you want them to have a good time,
find a jungle, even if it’s caged.
When I started sharing my jungle book, I thought I would  have just a few places to share
 and then shortly realized that I have too many places to list. I haven’t shared the water animals. I guess those really aren’t in a jungle so maybe on another day we will “Find Nemo”.
The next to stop on our safari tour is the Reptile Zoo, located in Monroe, WA. A visit with NaNa and Gopaw Gibson in 2010 and a return visit with my hubby and son after he returned from deployment was certainly an expereince. Visit this website for reviews of the place.
I think it is cool to see all these unique kind of reptiles but personally I think they
need to have more space.
Since I am in the part of the jungle that creeps me out, I will share with you one more reptile place that is pretty neat, if you are ever in South Florida check out Everglades Safari Park. It is located off Alligator Highway, also named Tamiami Highway. This was one of my FAVORITE reptile adventures. You take an airboat out into the Everglades. You’re out in the natural element, right next to the critters of the night. Visit their website for more information
I have to end this somewhere and a lot of places we really have enjoyed aren’t going to be mentioned. I will end with one place that screaming and laughter took place time and
time again! Our family has been to the Olympic Game Farm located in Sequim, WA more times than we can count. I will never forget my brother Will on this one trip. He freaked out about the llama coming into the car. My sister Casey and friend Suzanne laughed so hard at the smelly Bison breath on another visit. This place is truly the best! They have Bears, Elk, llamas, Yak and many more animals that want to make your car a home. It is very similar to the
ZOOSAFARIA in Fasano, Italy. The farm worked with Walt Disney for over 28 years.
Visit their website for more information.
THE END
of My Jungle Book!
Have fun exploring friends, whether it be online or by land, living life with only the bare necessities or filled with abundance is a jungle of its own. One day we will leave the jungle of life and  get to hang out-with these amazing animals, as we view them outside of cars and bars!

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