Beaches, sand and sun are not the words I can use to describe my spring break or my 20th birthday. As my friends were enjoying sand between their toes and showing off their cute bathing suits, I was busy leaving a permanent imprint of my body on my mother’s couch and consuming enough food to make my high-wasted shorts fit a little too snug. It’s casual, though.
However, I did plan an adventure for my escape from the teenage years. Like every others 20-year-old’s dream, I spent my day at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita, Kan. Despite popular opinion, Kansas most certainly has an exciting attraction within its state borders.
Part of my bucket lists consists of spending a day with exotic animals, and Tanganyika’s broad selection of wildlife let me interact with giraffes, gazelles, kangaroos, lemurs, camels, guinea pigs, penguins and monkeys. I petted all of the above-named animals and even rode a camel around a loop. Yes, I was in a maxi dress, and no, I do not recommend a dress as the appropriate camel riding attire. Hey, you live and you learn, right?
My absolute favorite part was my opportunity to feed a giraffe.
Giraffes are my favorite animals, and I have always wanted an opportunity to interact with one. Let’s just say, the giraffe and I became homies from our first interaction with each other. We even had time for a selfie. Typical.
Anyway, Tanganyika Wildlife Park impressed me with the park’s cleanliness, friendly staff and animal selection. Although my friends and I were competing against elementary school kids to be first in line for camel rides, the park gave excitement to my spring break week.