This week hubby and I took a fun trip to the Latta Plantation and Carolina Raptor Center which are located in Huntersville, NC which is near Charlotte.
It was the first of the cool mornings and beginning our journey was a bit chilly. If you haven’t ever been on a motorcycle, it is always about a 15 degree difference from standing still to moving at 60 mph. Even when it is 80 degrees outside, I still need a long sleeve shirt to not be cold. I had on several tank tops, a long sleeved shirt and a big jacket.
We took miles and miles of back roads to get to Huntersville. Not too far into the trip we got behind a truck filled to the brim with chickens. There were feathers flying everywhere. I so wanted to stop the truck and set all the chickens free!
We stopped for gas and I saw something I had never seen before-a tv in a gas pump! Now this is seriously ridiculous we live in a society where there are tvs in the gas pump-heaven forbid anyone go more than 5 minutes without some type of media interaction!
We arrived at the plantation which also housed a large nature preserve, equestrian center, a falconry center and an emergency falcon hospital. We headed to the falconry center first.
I had never been to such a place and didn’t really have any idea it existed. All the birds in the center had been injured and unable to be released back into the wild. They had everything from hawks to owls to colorful birds I had never heard of.
One really neat thing was they are able to use the injured birds to help nurse injured baby birds back to health and then release the babies back into the wild. Even though the adults will never again be free, they are helping little ones back into freedom.
The center was filled with fun facts and personalized stories about how the birds ended up in the conservatory. They even had six bald eagles there, but we only saw three. They are such majestic birds.
There was also plenty for kids to do besides see the birds. They had some Harry Potter themed exhibits since they had a large selection of owls.
Hubby and I tried to size up to the eagles wing spread. My hubby is 6’4 and he is still short of the eagle’s wing span.
We left the falconry and headed to the plantation. If we would have had more time we would have enjoyed the equestrian center and all the trails, canoes and hiking of the nature preserve.
The plantation was several hundred years old and was originally over 700 acres. The house was well preserved and we learned some interesting facts on our tour of it. The plantation had chickens, a donkey, a cow, a horse, sheep and very large hogs.
And we thought our pen was muddy!
After a fun day of falcons, historical facts and miles of riding, it was time to return to the homestead. We got an early start back since it was such a long drive home.
Check out what hubby found when we stopped for a snack on the way back…
Have you ever had these?
As the riding season begins to draw to a close, hubby and I decided we are going to sell the bike. Since the Big Farm is a little over 6 months away (oh my goodness!!) we are cutting back expenses to be able to save more money. I will definitely miss this bike and the trips we have taken, but hopefully when it warms up again we can become Harley owners once again.
Until next time…