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Lazy 5 Ranch – Mooresville

Lazy 5 Ranch is a privately owned ranch located about an hours drive from Charlotte. The ranch initially started as one man’s interest to raise exotic animals, but seeing the interest it has now turned into a ranch where everyone especially the kids can get up and close with the animals. Being close to Charlotte meant we could visit it and come back in a few hours. Read on for the experience.

Date: 5th April 2014
Weather: Bright and Sunny
Location: Lazy 5 Ranch, Mooresville, NC
Distance: ~60kms from Charlotte
Rates/Fees: $11 (Adult), $16 (Wagon Ride)

We started for the ranch around afternoon and after a hour and a half long drive we reached the ranch around 2pm. The scenery on either side of the road as we entered Mooresville was just beautiful and reminded us of the old time village. At the entry point we had two options either take the wagon ride or take the car inside the ranch. The next available slot for wagon ride was sometime around 4:30pm so we decided to go around the ranch in the car itself.

Lazy 5 Ranch - Wagon Ride

For those reading I had hopped on to the trip without knowing anything about the place, something which I am used to now if you have read my earlier travel posts. So based on what I had heard I was expecting more of a zoo kind of environment but what totally struck me was the way it was laid out. We were seated in a car driving around a 5.5km ranch with animals walking around freely and coming up to the car windows and we could feed them freely without any worry (the animal feed was provided to us at the entry point). It took me sometime to let the fact creep in as for a person like me who has always visited zoos or national parks in India where either the animal would be in cage or I would be in a caged vehicle, this was a totally different experience.

Lazy 5 Ranch - Feeding the Animals from the car

As we moved around and feed the animal, we noticed that all the animals were ID tagged and were quite friendly. They softly took the feed provided in our hands and waited for more and moved on if we did not offer more (we had only one box of feed).

Lazy 5 Ranch - ID Tagged Animals

We came across a lots of birds and animals, some of the ones we came across are:

  • Ostrich
  • Emu
  • Watusi
  • Bahama Cattle
  • Zebra
  • Himalayan Tahr
  • Nubian Goat
  • Deer
  • Giraffe
  • Rihno
  • Pigs
  • Llama
  • Camel

We came across the follow outside the driving areas but still inside the ranch:

  • Peacock
  • Macaw
  • Parrot
  • Pigeon
  • Donkey
  • Horse
  • Kangaroo

The ones mentioned above are the ones I could recollect, there were many species of the some animals.

Below are some of the photos from the trip:
Lazy 5 Ranch - Animals walking across

Lazy 5 Ranch -Bird Walking Across

Lazy 5 Ranch - Animals

Lazy 5 Ranch - Car in Front Feeding the Animals

Lazt 5 Ranch - Upclose with animals

Lazy 5 Ranch - Zebra

Lazy 5 Ranch - Animals Relaxing

Lazy 5 Ranch - Kangaroo

Overall, It was a very good experience. Must visit if you are in and around Charlotte. Kids will absolutely love it and it is very much how close one can get close to nature without stepping over it.

Note: As this is my first blog post in over 15 months I tried to keep it short and simple with minimal details so that I could get this post through rather than being lazy and not post at all :-)

Find out current location of a Train

It is very common for us to find out after we reach the railway station that the train we are to catch is running a couple of hours late, leaving us frustrated. Well there is good news a revamped National Train Enquiry System is in works, currently in beta it can be accessed via the new look button).

Current Status of Mangalore Yeshvantpur Express via Bangalore

The site is very simple to use, in the search box provided, enter either the (a) Train Name or (b) From and To Station Name or (c) Train Number.

The results page will display all the trains matching with your search criteria. Click on the appropriate train to view the exact details like start date and the previous and next stops.

Once you select the train you wanted information for click on it to get the current status. It will show if the train in on-time or delayed or it if it has already reached the destination. It also shows the last next two stops and the expected time of arrival.

All in all a very good step forward. Hopefully by the time the site comes out of beta it will be more polished and will help the commuters plan their arrival to railway station.

The screen shot shown above is of the Kannur – Mangalore – Bangalore – Yeshvantpur Express. It leaves Mangalore at 7:45pm, I took this screen shot around 8:15pm. So the details seem to be getting updated regularly. Just to confirm just before posting I checked it again and it mentioned as having crossed Bantwal.