Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tanglewood Farm

Tanglewood Farm is located in Canton, GA, which is much farther than I would want to travel. However, sometimes you just have to do it to get to your destination. My daughter found it searching on Yelp because she was and still is obsess with alpacas. I promised to take her to the farm before I got busy with work. The farm got some bad reviews from Yelp but I wasn’t disappointed at all. Canton is 20 mins away from Alpharetta. The drive there is gorgeous, makes me almost want to live over there. Overall, it took me an hour to get there.

The parking lot reminded me of Yellow River Game Ranch. When we walked up to pay for admission, we noticed a small town layout which was really cute.

 Admission is $10 for ages one and up. I do feel bad for mothers who has really young kids but $10 really isn't too bad overall though. 60 cents extra fee if you pay with card. I brought cash with me. You never know which place excepts cards.

 You get a map to show you the animal destinations.

You're able to open all the Green gates and make sure to close it back to visit the animals in that area. You can pet and brush them. Besides being a petting farm, it has all miniature animals.

We couldn't get over how cute Choupp is.

Every area you go to, you will see the name of what type of animal and descriptions.

You can have a birthday party here. We saw one later on. You can bring food and eat here too. No place that sells food. They do sell snacks and bottled drinks.

Pony ride

Parts of the town just had cute things to look at that are outside of the gated area away from the animals.

Besides, Choupp, every area had signs like these

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

They really want you to pet and brush them.

You can enter at any green gate, just make sure you lock up when you cross.

Buckets of brushes are available at the entrance of every green gate.

Some animals are not accessible but you can see them. They aren't inside the gates but far away in the pastures.

We mainly came for this animal! Alpaca!

Just pics of a few other animals.

The place was smaller than I would like but overall, I think it was worth it. Each child takes a baby pumpkin home! Would definitely go back. We had fun.

Tanglewood Farm
101 Tanglewood Drive
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 667-6464

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Panola Mountain State Park - Moonlight Mountain Hike

Taken from my Yelp review that I just posted.

Panola Mountain Park is the underdog to Stone Mountain Park. Everybody and their momma go to Stone Mountain. Yes, Panola is smaller but very few people have heard about it cause it's tuck away in Stockbridge. 

When I was a child, the Hmong community used to have picnics there so I was no stranger to it, which was a yearly event growing up. We all used to live in Dekalb County and preferred Panola over Stone Mountain for these events. 

I loved the walking trails. The trail leading on top of Panola is not public. You have to reserve a spot and pay a fee to have a ranger take you. Since it's a state park, you will have to pay $5 for parking. A lot of the plants that are still on the mountain are extinct so that's one reason why the mountain is not public for walking and you will need a ranger so they will educate and show you around. It wasn't my first time hiking. The last time I came was many years ago when I was in high school. I went with my Earth Science class and we made the hike up. There are no paths going up the mountain because the ranger takes a different path every time so there will not be signs of a trail (that's what they told us).

I am mainly reviewing the Moonlight Mountain Hike this time (there's a campfire at the end of the tour and even smores!) but I've been to Panola so many times when I was younger that I still enjoyed it. I cannot wait to go back again for the regular trails. Hopefully my family and I will go camping there in the future. My brother already ask me about fishing!.

After meeting with the ranger, the group to go hiking up Panola Mountain had to drive half a mile away so we could "cheat" and get a head start. We're going to walk up and rest at the lake for more instructional information.

The ranger is explaining about the lake not allowed for fishing or swimming. On the other side, there's a campfire where they can camp and do paranormal activity investigating.

We're just walking and following the rangers (there were four of them with us). Since there are no visible trails, we just walked in a single line like in school lol. 

Plus they wanted us to be careful not to step on any plants on the mountain...and if by chance, we do, don't step on hard and too long.

Ranger explaining to us about how green it is at  Panola versus Stone Mountain, that's why you have to have a guided ranger with you.

See? That's how Stone Mountain would look like if it didn't have hikers every minute.

Can you see Atlanta? We're on top of Panola Mountain.

We're walking to the other side to get a better view of Stone Mountain.

Can you see Stone Mountain?

The sky is just so beautiful. Do you see the moon?

The sunset.

Coming back down the mountain is really steep. I was afraid I was going to fall but I didn't. We didn't come back the same way we did.

It's cause now we're ready for the campfire! We're on the other side of the lake now! This concludes the trip. It was between 1.5 to 2 miles overall.

And we all get smores.

Everyone just chilling and hanging out.

It was a fun time. I would do it again.

Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Georgia 155 North
Stockbridge, GA 30281