My son & I were supposed to take a ferry ride across Prince William Sound to Valdez before heading north to Paxson, but the ferry had mechanical problems so we had to drive around, which meant crossing the Glenn Highway. We pulled out our guidebooks to find something fun to do and decided to try the Musk Ox Farm when we made it to Palmer, where we were going to spend the night. It took us a bit longer to get there than anticipated, and it was nearing closing time when we arrived. We raced inside and were sent out the back door to catch up with a tour group, with instructions to pay when we came back in - wow, what a surprise that was!! We raced out to catch the group of about 8-10 and a guide and joined them just before they reached the baby pen - what luck! There were a dozen or so Musk Ox calves to "meet" - all baby animals are cute and Musk Oxen are certainly no exception! This was in July (2012) and the babies were all born in April and May, so they were just a couple of months old. After spending time with the babies, we went on to see the yearlings, the two-three year-olds, then some bulls, then back by the babies, before heading back to the barn. I have no idea how long we were outside and I don't even remember our guide's name, but she was full of information, clearly loves the Musk Oxen, and was funny. We were able to get a lot of photos and to straggle behind as much as we wanted, to get photos and see the babies one more time, which was great. We then visited exhibits and gift shop inside, paid for our tour and souvenirs, and headed out. The exhibits were almost anti-climactic after seeing the live animals, but that's not to say they're not nice and informative. It was nice to learn that the farm is not-for-profit and that you can "adopt" the animals - even online! The gift shop doesn't have a lot, but the gifts are nice and reasonably priced. We were only there about an hour, but I felt that we got our money's worth - this is not something you can do anywhere else, after all!
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