The funeral for the fallen soldier was beautiful. It was quite touching and I was amazed at the strength and dignity the family of this man, who was killed by sniper fire, displayed. After the funeral, I felt I had gotten to know him just a little bit and I think I am better for it.
The Patriot Guard Riders were in attendance and later they escorted this soldier to the National Cemetary that is a couple of hours away
There were peacocks and bunnies and chickens around, too:
There was also a “drive-through safari” (which was mainly full of deer and deer-like animals.) It was fantastic to have taken the time to load up and get away from home, just the 7 of us. The 20 year old had some interesting interaction with a camel! Of course, they give you feed and all of the animals run up to your vehicle. This camel was more than interested in getting some of that feed. SuperSoldier fed it, but this thing, while fairly domesticated, was pretty aggressive about getting something to eat! After we drove away, we saw this behind us:
We thought we’d outrun him, so we stopped to see/feed the zebras:
While were all distracted, the camel snuck up on us, stuck his head through SuperSoldier’s window and gave him a kiss. On the face. Scared the snot out of SuperSoldier! I only wish I’d been able to get a picture of it! That was the best laugh I’ve had in quite a while. It was something like this, but SuperSoldier’s window was ALL the way down and that camel was not shy!
We had a Veggie Tales sing-along of our own when we saw this:
I love the wildflowers:
The only thing missing, of course, was our deployed soldier.
God bless and protect him as he serves his country
and does his part to find our missing soldiers.