I wanted to do something special for my 50th birthday. I thought about if for quite a while; I could go to New York City, go out to a fancy dinner, or do something I had wanted to do for years - visit Farm Sanctuary in Watkin's Glen, NY. As supporters for many years, my family and I made the trip to the beautiful Finger Lakes in September, a beautiful time to visit the area. There are many things to do in the area: exploring the village of Watkin's Glen, the waterfalls, parks and the famous car race track. The highlight is a visit to Farm Sanctuary, an organization with three locations: two in California and one in Watkin's Glen, which seeks to educate people about the life of factory farm animals and rescues them from a life of suffering. You are able to visit these saved animals in a farm setting where they are fortunate enough to live out their lives as living beings. Each animal has an inspiring story about how it made its way to the farm. With a guide, you and your family are able to visit all of the animals and see them in their natural setting. For me, this trip was something of a pilgrimage.