Monday, October 12, 2009

Zuri and the Zebras

This one's for you mom, (because the zoo makes for a really boring post since everyone has already been there a gazillion times).
So it only took Mark and I four years to take Millie to the zoo (bad parents, yes, I know.) But making the trip felt much more worthwhile with two kids!
The baby elephant, Zuri, was super cute! Even if I didn't get a great picture of her. When I was a kid I remember getting to ride on an elephant at Hogle Zoo, now you're lucky if you get a good view of one (oh, how things have changed!) Also, I was disappointed that the zoo no longer has lions or hippos! What happened?
One fun story from the trip: Toward the end of our tour Mark and I wanted to take the girls on the train but for some reason thought you needed cash to get your tickets and we only had a credit card (I'm sure they would have taken it, but at the moment we were convinced otherwise). Then as we were about to leave, Millie remembers that she didn't get to see the zebras (because they weren't there when we passed by the first time.) So we headed all the way back to the zebras and the greatest thing happened on our way there. This man stopped us and asked if we wanted his train and carousel tickets! He and his family had to leave and didn't have time to use the tickets. That totally made our day!
And to make the trip complete, we ate dinner at a restaurant afterward. We stopped at Pepperbelly's in Kaysville. (I love that place, and wish they still had one in Ephraim so we could eat there when we go down for visits.) The restaurant was celebrating its birthday and handed out free birthday cake (before dinner even arrived) so of course that's all the girls wanted to eat. Ivy especially enjoyed the cake and must have thought it was her birthday.


bandkworky said...

I haven't taken Juliana to our zoo yet, but she has been to the San Diego Zoo. I know weird. Sounds like you have been busy.

kates said...

Yay for the zoo--I think it's way fun. How awesome that you got free tickets. I didn't let Lia ride the carousel--$2 a ticket is ridiculous. I'm so glad yours were free!

Grandmother Pennie said...

Thanks for taking my grandchildren to the zoo!

Diane said...

I know, I was disappointed when we took Jaden the first time and there weren't any hippos. =( I think I will spend $ for the carousel any time . . . the kids love it. It should be a longer ride though. If you buy both a train and carousel ticket they're at discounted prices, not a major discount, but a discount just the same. And you can buy them when you get your tickets. We love the zoo!