I’d completely forgotten about free days at the zoo–the last Wednesday of the month, November through February. Someone reminded me about them a few weeks ago so I decided we should go last Wednesday since it was our last chance this winter. Because it would get us out of the house. Because we’ve hardly been on any outings in months. Because it was going to be in the 60s that day. Whoa, wait, what? 60 degrees in Utah in February?! Crazy weather we’ve been having! But I wanted to get out and enjoy it!
Unfortunately about 20,000 other people had the same idea. The zoo was crazy! I knew it would be crazy when I saw cars parked on the street practically back to Foothill Drive. These cars couldn’t all be for people going to the zoo, could they? Well, yes, they could be. But we had five children loaded in the van and we were not about to turn around and go back home. We were going to the zoo!
Funny thing about this outing–I decided to make it a surprise, but then I accidentally mentioned it to E, who said, “What’s the zoo?” We discovered that he’s never been to the zoo! I’m positive we’ve been sometime in the past four years, but he’s just as adamant that he’s never been there before.
After driving around the parking lots and stalking quite a few people leaving the zoo only to have other cars grab their parking spots ahead of us, we finally lucked out and got a space in the upper parking lot. The only bad thing about parking up there is that you have to hike back up that hill to get back to your car. But it’s amazing how easy that is now that I’m no longer pregnant! I’d forgotten what it was like to move like a normal person again.
So by the time we finally maneuvered our way into the zoo, Baby A needed to nurse, so I found a place to park the two of us and sent the four boys to see the giraffes and the reptile house together. I sent my camera with them and I think D used it the most. I got back lots of pictures like this:
But there were a few of snakes:
The older boys had told E that there was a train to ride at the zoo and that was what he was most excited about. Of course once inside, we found out that they’re building a new exhibit for the African savanna animals and the train was closed. And that one little fact ruined E’s entire day. He moaned and groaned and complained and was seriously grumpy about everything else for the rest of the afternoon. He rode on the back of the double stroller and hardly even wanted to get off and look at any of the other animals. Granted, there were hordes of people everywhere and it was hard to see many of the animals, but still. I finally got one little smile from him on the carousel.
At the end of the day, he said he’d had a good time, but I’m not so sure. We’ll have to go back when the train is open again and we don’t have to fight so many crowds.
Baby A tolerated it fairly well. (Love the double chin!)
The other three boys had a great time. It was truly a beautiful day and it was so good to get out and walk around in the fresh air and well, not be pregnant anymore! I haven’t enjoyed an outing like that in about nine months!
E, of course, didn’t want to be in the last picture. I’m finding out just how hard it is to get a good picture of all five of them.