A Road Trip Leads To The World’s Largest Guinea Pig

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capybaraYou know that saying that everything’s bigger in Texas? We found out yesterday that it’s true! We headed north on our daily road trip and found the world’s largest guinea pig. This sucker was over 100 lbs. To give you perspective, that’s a boulder he is sitting next to.

Actually it was a capybara according to the sign on his enclosure. A distant cousin of the guinea pig, but not an actual guinea pig. It was pretty cool to wander around the nature preserve. They had tons of animals to see, all of them rescue animals.

We saw a mongoose for the first time every. It wasn’t exactly what I had pictured in my mind. I guess I was expecting something more weasel-like, ala Riki Tiki Tavi. He was actual more like a thin badger with black fur. Don’t you like my animal descriptions? 😉

There were also tons of nicely organized hiking trails at the preserve with informational signs along the way. The weather was perfect to hike. Not too hot, not too cold. I managed to convince The Kid to do the 1/2 mile hike (it was mostly uphill!) but she refused to do the longer ones. It was more than what I was expecting her to do so that’s progress.

I forgot what hiking is like with a kid though. Anything and everything that is needed for the hike must be carried by mom AKA the pack mule. I chalked it up to extra calorie burn. Afterwards we rolled into the town nearby and wandered around the shops in the town square. Most of them weren’t very exciting. The Kid enjoyed a strawberry sorbet to quickly refresh before the drive home.

All in all, it was worth the drive and close enough to go back for more hiking adventures. How’s your week going so far?

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