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Traditional Christmas Farm Visit

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m writing to you from Mike’s Farm in Back Swamp, North Carolina. It is a very popular local spot despite being pretty far away from the main roads. It is open year round and my host usually goes several times a year, however Christmas time is when most folks around here and even some from far away come to eat the food and take a hayride into a colorful winter wonderland but first things first!

We arrived early so we could spend some time visiting the animals before dinner. Here I am with the goats and a llama:

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I got to feed them, they were quite friendly!

We then moved on to see the rabbits. They often like to hide. Do you see them in this photo with me?

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There are also chickens, turkeys, pheasants, and a pretty majestic rooster to feed:

pheasant

  pheasant

chickens

chickens

rooster

rooster

My favorite guy to visit was the donkey though. Much larger than I expected and *quite* adorable.

awe

   awe

My friend is feeding him, he was very friendly!

My friend is feeding him, he was very friendly!

Schools take field trips here in the fall and they visit the pumpkin patch. They also grow strawberries and Christmas Trees. Here I am with their Christmas Trees:

So many Christmas trees!

So many Christmas trees!

Time to eat! Wait…

They aren't even open yet!

They aren’t even open yet!

As you can see, it is a VERY popular place. This is the line and they aren’t even open yet! By the time we we went in the line was three times as long behind us as well. Crazy!

I took a few minutes to explore the little bakery/Christmas shoppe they have while my friends were kind enough to save the spot in line:

wow!

wow!

You can come here at any time of year to feel the holiday spirit. It’s a lovely store with lots of great Christmas and non-holiday items for sale as well as a bakery with some mouth watering fudge in all kinds of flavors!

The food is served family style and the price gets you all you can eat. Here is the menu:

Yum!

Yum!

Everything is brought to the table and they bring you seconds as you request them. No one leaves here hungry, that’s for sure! Check out this spread!

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I decided I should try a bit of everything since I might not ever make it back here:

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Then of course you HAVE to have dessert! Should I have cheesecake with a chocolate drizzle or banana pudding? Hmm…

cheesecake

  cheesecake

banana pudding

banana pudding

All done!

my belly is so full!

my belly is so full!

*burp*

Now for the main event! Oh my… and I thought the line for the food was long!

They all want a hay ride!

They all want a hay ride!

Here I go!

Finally, it's our turn!

Finally, it’s our turn!

This is the Christmas hayride because I am here in December, however, there are several throughout the year. At Easter time kids ride to get to an Easter Egg Hunt, in the summer they ride to the strawberry fields to pick their own strawberries and in the fall they ride to pick their own pumpkins. The fall also brings another night time hayride, for those brave enough to try it out! It is the Haunted Hay Ride! I am not that brave so I will stick to the Christmas themed ride. I tried to take a little video, but it is really no comparison to seeing these lights in person. Unfortunately the video saved sideways to the computer but posted just fine to Instagram so please find your way over to my IG page to see a little video!

www.instagram.com/trvlingsam

Here are a couple of pictures as well:

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I hope you enjoyed the visit to Mike’s Farm as much as I did! Here is a link to their website, I highly recommend checking them out if you find yourself nearby!

http://mikesfarm.com/

I may not have a chance to post on the blog tomorrow because I will be, well, traveling! Look for a picture from the trip, however, on my Instagram page!

Until next time,

~Traveling Sam

Family Traditions in Wilmington, North Carolina

Merry Christmas (Eve) to everyone!

My friends in Wilmington, North Carolina were kind enough to share their Christmas tradition of taking the family Christmas card picture at the beach! Wilmington is a port city known more locally for it’s festivals and movie studio. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the things there are in Wilmington because it is a unique little “big” city.

In the spring it is home to the Azalea Festival which is a showcase for the community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community. The flowers are gorgeous and EVERYWHERE! Here is a link if you would like to learn more:

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/

In the fall you will find Riverfest which is located in the same spot in downtown Wilmington as the Azalea Festival. This festival came about out of a desire of locals to bring people back to the downtown area. You can read more about the annual Riverfest here:

http://www.wilmingtonriverfest.com/history.html

At both you will find amazing one of a kind, hand crafted items, a variety of foods, music, and activities for the kids that people come from miles around to experience.

Wilmington is also home to a movie studio! Hard to believe, but shows like One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, and Sleepy Hollow aren’t filmed in Hollywood, they are filmed right here on the Crystal Coast! I understand there is a tour… I will have to take that the next time I am in town! Here is a link if you would like to learn more:

http://studios.euescreengems.com/nc/

There is also an aquarium right down the road in Fort Fisher and a rich history in the downtown area but yeah yeah yeah, who needs all that stuff when there is a beautiful beach?? When you live so close to such a beautiful coastline, there really is no other way to take your annual Christmas photos. Here are a few of them now:

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expecting a baby sister…

She's here!

She’s here!

These pictures are from quite a while ago, here are some more recent shots:

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you are all with loved ones and enjoying some well deserved time off of work.

xo

~Traveling Sam