First Zoo Trip

We took EH to the zoo for the first time on July 5th.  I mention the date specifically because it was probably not the best day to take a not-quite-2-year-old to the zoo.  The day after the 4th of July... everyone on vacation... kids out of school... steamy hot July temperatures and humidity.... it was tough.

I preface with all of that because in all honesty, it was more stressful for us than we wanted it to be.  I do think that EH had a great time, and he seems to have taken in more than I thought he did, but it was so hot, and so crowded, that we had a hard time keeping him near us, and a hard time seeing many of the animals, because the crowds were so big and lines so long that we just wanted to get through.

So, if you take nothing else from this post, let it be this - go to the zoo on a random weekday.  In the fall.  Not around a holiday.

And I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.

So you'll notice that this post is relatively short on pictures, and all of the above explains why.  All of the pictures below are from the first 15 minutes that we were there.  After that, all of the time, energy and attention of three adults were spent keeping track of a tiny toddler amidst crowds of people and wild animals.

So, here are the highlights of what we captured on (e)film!

 First up - Kangaroo enclosure!

Some of the most fun he had the entire day was riding this turtle. Fun and cute - win/win!

Plus I got this great, frameworthy picture of EH with his dada.

He also had a blast watching the sea lions swim in the tank (and loved the aquarium in general, even though we don't have any pictures from that.)

And of course, the petting zoo, where he touched both goats and sheep!

I know that the zoo is going to be a really fun and awesome place to take him in the future.  We purchased a membership, because as long as you go at least 3 times in a calendar year, you will get your money's worth, and I do want to take him more often now. 

It's just that after that last experience, I have dreams of taking him on a school day in November or December, when it's cool/cold, but not snowing, when there are no crowds and we can just explore and have a grand old time.

I'm already looking forward to it!  If you have a zoo membership too and want to go with us sometime, let me know!


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