Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Estes Animal Farm

Cenote calls about 5:30 and says, "You guys get over here now, we have something cool you HAVE to see". So, we get in the car and rush over. They are across the street at their neighbors house. As we pull up, Venus steps out and motions us over. We walk up to what looks like a very traditional two-story, white brick house. The home of Mr. Estes, prominent Dallas attorney. We walk in ... and I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

Little Man with a giraffe head. And neck.

Cenote in front of the fireplace with some sort of ram. Above the mantle is a rhino head and a couple of elk/deer thingys

Little Man and Queen Bee with a lion

Yes, this is a Walrus.

Little Man on the spiral staircase leading to the loft. With a big Grizzly Bear.

You can see how there are hundreds of animals just lining every wall.

Okay, I have lots of friends who hunt so I know how expensive it is to not only go on the hunt and buy all the equipment and gear. But how incredibly expensive it is to stuff and mount and ship an animal back from wherever you are.

Mr. Estes told me that he started big game hunting in the 70's. So, this is a 30+ year collection. The only thing he doesn't have is a tiger because they were already illegal to hunt when he took up the sport. All I have to say, is WOW. His kids must be pissed about where their inheritance is going. Can you imagine the reading of the will. And you, my beloved daughter, Queen Bee, inherit the 8 ft. tall Grizzly Bear and 100 assorted birds. And to my son, Randy, I bequeath my 6 ft. polar bear and Giraffe head for your entry way.

Dang. That's gonna suck.

After that, we went to Mia's and ate Mexican food. Had to discuss all of the wacky critters we had seen. Our heads were spinning!