Julianne did not like it
We contemplated what to do. People were running out of the zoo and to their cars. We wanted to go in. We waited a few minutes and the rain tapered off a bit. We walked really fast to the ticket booth, bought our tickets and then the rain started pouring again. We took shelter under the entrance and waited....and waited.....we waited about 10 minutes and then the rain stopped. We were soaked. The kids were soaked. I brought no extra clothes for the girls. We went into the bathroom to dry everyone off the best we could and then we got going. It turned out to be a blessing because the rain cooled it off and also made about 80% of the people that were there leave. So we were left to roam the zoo with no crowd, mild weather, and later on some sunshine!
Our first stop was the barn where they had a petting zoo. Julianne was so excited to see the goats! She wasn't sure at first if she wanted to pet them but she eventually did. Here is my girl, apparently telling me that I am a big loser. We saw polar bears
We saw a bear. A brown bear I believe. Bears are HUGE! Jackson was not very sure about the bear Julianne loved the otters. I think the otter liked her too! Julianne was telling us that the otter "go under water" I love this picture. They look like they are deep in conversation.
This cracks me up. We saw a 33 ft python. I got chills. In fact, I just got chills again looking at the photo. Do not like snakes! These vampire bats had a 6 ft. wing span. EWWWWW! Some kind of monkey The elephant. Julianne was quite excited about the elephant. She loves elephants and had never seen one in person. We took a break for snacks. Jackson invited Julianne to come sit by him. She surprisingly accepted. They became fast friends. This tiger was not shy. He came right up to the glass to greet us. We decided to get closer to the fake tiger. Julianne wasn't sure at first but then figured out that it wasn't real She climbed up and said "giddy up tiger" while she slapped his back.
Jackson wasn't too sure about going near the tiger but Julianne showed him that it was o.k. It was the cutest thing. Jackson then went up and gave the tiger a hug.
Me with Jackson and Julianne Julianne does not like to look directly at the camera. EVER. We saw lions but apparently we were there during nap time because every single one was asleep. Julianne waved to the turtle She loves turtles Then we came upon the best exhibit at the zoo. For Julianne anyway. She loves penguins. She knows about every word to Happy Feet by now. This is how happy she was when she saw the penguins This ape or chimp (I get them confused) was taking a snooze as well. Complete with foot up and hand over his face.
This one was posing for the camera. I kid you not. There were a bunch of people standing there and he was posing. He changed his pose after each flash. HILARIOUS! We had a great day with Kristin and Jackson! Thanks for coming all that way to see us! We can't wait to see you again and meet the new addition to your family. Hopefully it won't be years again!