Two years ago was my first visit to the Olympic Game Farm. I recorded my thoughts at the time, so as not to forget any details. Listening to that recording again, brought as much laughter now as it did at the time of my visit. This is a fun excursion, whether by yourself, with friends, or youngsters. Plus, it is a nice drive and a good area for more exploring. Enjoy!
Ten minutes from Gardiner, you arrive at the exits for Sequim. Exit Sequim Ave and head west. The drive to the Olympic Game Farm takes 15 to 20 minutes. There is a restroom just outside the tollbooth, and with warm water. Drive up to the booth, pay an entrance fee (save $1 with AAA, save another if 55 or older), and from experience if you buy bread, get at least 2 loaves. You receive a map of the driving path that includes descriptive notes of the animals.
As you start your 10 MPH drive through the property, the first assault isn’t so much by the peacocks, though by the obnoxious seagulls. This is hilarious. I easily go through a half loaf of bread, because the gulls steal the bread from the other animals. The llamas (that I find from the driving map are members of the camel family) are right up to the window and they block your car though know to move as you keep moving. Being winter, they do not have the opportunities that they have with more tourists, so they literally run up to the car. They drop what they are doing and run to the car knowing that you have bread. You would think that they were starving, though by their looks you can tell this isn’t the case – they are well-fed. They stick their head in the window, though are gentle when they take the bread. This is better with a passenger, as it can be a challenge to drive, feed the animals, take pictures, and stay on the road.
I get to the Tibetan Yak area and feel like I am going through a furry gate, with one on either side of the car. Suddenly, I become a Yak sandwich – hilarious! I love it!
This is a totally fun, not to be missed, amazing stop. It is up to you how long you want to pass through the animals, with opportunities to exit early. As you exit there is a gift shop to the right.
An interesting history is found in the gift shop. This “farm” was not intended to be open to the public. It was a resting place for animals between films, originally known as Disney’s Wild Animal Ranch. Incorporated in 1973 it became the Olympic Game Farm. Most of the animals are offspring of past animal stars, and some are rescue animals.
The Olympic Game Farm opens daily at 9 a.m., and closes at 3 p.m.
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