Family & Friends

On Safari


Summer is flying by like a whirlwind, and we are enjoying each and every sun-filled day! Last week, we traveled south and had a wonderful time visiting family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whenever we visit my parents-in-law, Richard and Fran, there are a few things we can be sure of:

1.We will experience extraordinary food. Yes, the Bay Area is most definitely known for a variety of superb dining venues, but I am talking specifically about Richard and Fran’s cooking — it. is. incredible! (more about this in a future post)

2. Richard and Fran most certainly know the best places for fun-filled adventures!

3. And most importantly, we will have a wonderful time with family which will go by all too quickly!

On this visit, we were treated to the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West in Santa Rosa, California. I have to say that our daughter, Aviah, did an amazing job photographing all of the animals and was kind enough to let me use them for this post. I had a difficult time narrowing them down to a select few because there is so much to see at Safari West, and as much as we love animals, there were a vast amount of photos taken during our three-hour tour on over 400 acres!



We had a great guide who was able to maneuver his jeep close to numerous animals ranging from graceful giraffes (who sweetly leaned in to greet us and wanted to nibble on Aviah’s seat belt) to the mighty cape buffalo. I was a little concerned about the cape buffalo after hearing the guide’s story of having his jeep rammed by them not too long ago. Needless to say, they were very impressive animals! Aviah was a little pre-occupied by the guide’s story to actually photograph them.

The zebras were one of our very favorites — they are remarkably beautiful and incredible to watch. Added bonus: they don’t seem at all interested in ramming jeeps.



The journey included moments of adventure as well as tranquil views overlooking the vast terrain.



Being amidst these amazing animals was an experience we will not forget — it was incredible to see God’s creation roaming freely, while still up-close and personal, in such an authentic setting.


  1. Looks like a wonderful trip, Anna!

    1. Anna

      Thank you, Jasmine! It was wonderful! πŸ™‚

  2. afrugaldesteny

    It looks like you had a great time! I’d love to go to Safari West! So many animals πŸ™‚

    1. Anna

      It was awesome! We highly recommend it! πŸ˜€

  3. Looks like fun! And nice photos Aviah!

    1. Anna

      Thank you, Sadie … it was awesome! πŸ™‚

  4. I loved the flamingos! What an awesome adventure.

    1. Anna

      They were so beautiful, Julie! It was an incredible exprience! πŸ™‚

    1. Anna

      Thanks, dear Lynn! xo

  5. So glad you had a lovely time Anna. The photos are fantastic!

    1. Anna

      Thank you so much, dear Roberta!

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