Spending quality time with the babies.

This morning I had this spur of the moment idea to take the kids to the WNC Nature Center to get them out of the house.  I thought it would be something fun and enjoyable that would get them outside and in nature.  I have a lot of fond memories about that area when I was a small girl.  There used to be an amusement park, Rec Park, there and to a little girl it was the most exciting place on earth.  I remember riding the ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bumper cars, a tough man contest with the hammer,  a tilt a whirl and various other rides that were just the most amazing things on earth to small child.  AND A TRAIN!!!!  The train was a special ride that I took with my Papaw because he LOVED trains!!

Sadly, all of this is gone now but everything I turn onto that road I see it as plain a day just like I remember it as a small child.  I get this excitement rush over me like then when I wanted to ride all the rides!  I was able to find this postcard to give you a glimpse of what I remember about this awesome place.  This is nothing compared to what it was like when I was a child because this picture was taken 40+ years before I was born.  I'm on the hunt for pictures like I remember it though.  And the elephant!  The nature center had an elephant named Henrietta!!  Along with monkeys and lions.  I remember it all! 

Today brought a lot of memories rushing back from the late 70's and early 80's. 


So, anyway here are a few pictures from the WNC Nature Center with my girls.  We had a lovely time and we have some really nice memories from our day.

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The cougar.


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We really thought this wolf was beautiful.  We watched her for a long time.


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Red tailed hawk.


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Sliding like an otter.


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3 comments:

JAson said...

I Loved the rec park too.i remember how great the bumper cars were.i was telling my wife about it and how great it was.makes you wish you take your kids back to the Asheville we grew up in.They would love dreamland drive in and the flea market

Danielle Franklin said...

What a coincidence! Jesse and I were just there like a few weeks ago! We brought in some abandoned baby robins and they let us in for free! I hadnt been since i was a little kid and it HAS changed a lot, but it is still an amazing place and that white she-wolf is GORGEOUS and we got to see the cougars play up close and pet the farm animals and see all the beautiful snakes! I'm hoping to maybe one day get a job there! (After I get my Vet Tech degree.) I do know we get to take a field trip there and go behind the scenes during one of my semesters @ AB Tech!

Supermom said...

I have such fond memories of Rec Park as a small girl! I wish it was still around for my kids.