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Old 07-23-2014, 01:13 PM   #856
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This was a wonderful TR! You discovered many new things in your own backyard. I think we should all do that sort of thing from time to time. (just think of all the cows I would see driving around Wisconsin!! )
Thanks for sharing. Very appreciative of your adventures!
I would have an absolute ball with a trip report from Wisconsin - I know how well known it is for cows!
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Great finish to your trip!! I've enjoyed reading all about the wonderful places in Southern England!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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Those penguins were crazy. I can't believe they could get up there like that. Glad they were back safe in the water.
How cool to see Stonehenge!
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Great TR as usual Cheryl So much detail in this trip and enjoyed every bit of it! I can't remember how many days you spent there.

Great that you got to see a bit of Stonehenge on the way to the airport and all I can do is think of the movie "This Is Spinal Tap" and this: Unfortunately, the movie clips are not available on YT so Glastonbury 2009 will have to do!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ec1WaFrK8E
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I've done that before, discovering I didn't write down what I thought I had. Thanks so much for taking us along, and giving me ideas for the future.
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all caught up again.

My sister has guniea hens that roam around her neighborhood - they are so noisy but they eat their weight in ticks on a daily basis.

We have a drive thru safari near my home and remember going through it as a child in the 70's/80's and the baboons destroying the car in front of us. It had that old black vinyl roof. We had a leaf in our car and held it up on the inside of the window and a cmel spent about 10 minutes licking the window to try and get the leaf. And an ostrich reached it's head into the car window and stole a cracker. I haven't been to that place in YEARS - I wonder if it is still that "open/free"?

Great TR now I'm off to check out the otherones that I'm lagging behind on.
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My sister has guniea hens that roam around her neighborhood - they are so noisy but they eat their weight in ticks on a daily basis.

We have a drive thru safari near my home and remember going through it as a child in the 70's/80's and the baboons destroying the car in front of us. It had that old black vinyl roof. We had a leaf in our car and held it up on the inside of the window and a cmel spent about 10 minutes licking the window to try and get the leaf. And an ostrich reached it's head into the car window and stole a cracker.
Oh my goodness, I bet all of that was quite the sight!
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