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The Wild Lives of Vanilla Sugar, sbabelle & ct888

The Wild Lives of Vanilla Sugar, sbabelle & ct888 Photo

Photo by ct888

Posted on May 28, 2009 in Trip Ideas

Or the wildlife, anyway. These three always-entertaining travelers each had a close encounter with an animal recently that caught our attention. And how could they not? The four-legged friends were rather in-your-face, and the sightings occurred in three destinations worth discovering.

The wild pony above is from Maryland’s Assateague Island National Park, where ct888 snapped the unusual passenger riding shotgun in her car. Or, as she puts it, “It showed no fear of us and just stuck its head in!” We hope he at least thanked her for the ride, as it was quite the role reversal.

This gator, spied by sbabelle at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, was a little less friendly than ct888’s pony (and, thankfully, marginally further away). She says the toothy animals are everywhere in the park, which makes it “kinda like any other state park in any other place...but then totally not like any other park at the same time.” She also claims that photos give a better description than she ever could; we doubt that, but her photos certainly do capture the beautiful, wild, and even offbeat aspects of a 7-hour Sunday trip to Myakka.

The darling dromedary photographed by Vanilla Sugar lives at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, near the log cabin once owned by President Ulysses S. Grant. A trip to the homestead also features other unusual animals, a tram ride, a fence constructed from hundreds of Civil War rifles, and a two-drink limit—the property is run by Anheuser-Busch, after all. That also explains why Vanilla Sugar’s camel is hanging out with a pair of Clydesdales.

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