|Cutest baby bunny ever!|
|My little turtle!|
|This capybara was shockingly big! It even had its own pool!|
|Hard to tell here, but it was so much smaller than the adult!|
One of the best parts was the Americas pavilion. There were so many cool things.
|Frog on the wall!|
|This snail was huge! His shell was at least as big as my fist!|
|Ok, how funny is this lizard just hanging out on his log?|
|This frog looks a lot more real in the picture than it did in person, and it makes me laugh thinking of Carter with a giant frog :)|
|We love otters, but alas, this one was sleeping...but cute! The beavers were sleeping too :(|
I loved this bird's hidden feathers underneath...
This picture sort of sums up the trip. Jacob trying to photobomb (which he did all trip, even though I told him I was happy to take pictures with him), Carter looking away, and Craig just trying to keep us looking sane.
This camel was weird. I've never seen a hump bent over like that...
After we finally got through one large section of the zoo, I decided we should try to do the pandas. The line was no shorter, but I did not want to leave without seeing them. So...we waited. Luckily, most of it was in a decently air conditioned space with a few diversions. Carter fell asleep right before we got there, so at least he napped through the entire wait, which only ended up being around an hour or a little less. But we finally got in to see them! They had baby pandas around 10 months ago, and they were so cute!
|Baby and mama|
|The other baby was sleeping!|
After he woke up, we headed to see the penguins. Once again it seems we got proof our Rochester penguins are weird because they don't like swimming! These ones had fun chasing each other through the water and up on to their beach!
After the penguins it was time for a snack. It was really dinner time but we were attempting to finish up at the zoo then have a late dinner. The kids both picked popsicles, which brought much joy on a hot day...
Back on the task to finish the zoo, we headed up to the Canadian section, which was a hike to get to. We saw a bear...
|If a bear poops at the zoo...|
By this point in the visit, things were really starting to fall apart. Jacob was getting to be impossible. We were running out of time and he was desperate to get to the store, which was annoying but not unexpected. It seemed to be a theme of the trip that he'd rather rush through everything just to go to the store. Ugh. When we got to Africa, Jacob had to pee (another theme of the trip) so he and Craig ran ahead and Carter and I wandered through to see what other animals were there.
|This pretty white lion looked so regal laying there.|
|I think this must be a different type of zebra than I usually see, because the stripe pattern looked really awesome on this one. I don't know what it is, but maybe just crisper? It's almost like an optical illusion, no?|
We also saw baboons and a hippo before we finally met back up with the boys, at which point Jacob was rushing ahead and Craig and Carter were bringing up the rear. We ran into another building and saw what we could as we ran through. One thing we saw was a different kind of otter, and in that exhibit they were both running around...so at least that redeemed the otter thing! We also saw the gorillas, but they were pretty low key.
By this point Jacob was desperate to get to the store, as there was only about a half hour before the zoo closed. I really wanted to check out the last building, which had orangutans, so the boys went ahead and I literally ran through the building. They were also pretty low key, but I caught this cute picture...
And I was pretty proud of myself that I got this clear picture of a giant fish, even though it was moving!
I tried to get some pictures of some cool birds, but they were too hard to get with the fading light coming from outside and a lot of walking around. However, I did see the baby rhino on my walk back to the entrance!
When I finally got to the boys, Jacob had pretty much decided on his souvenir--a jeep, panda, and guy set he thought would pair well with G.I. Joe guys--but Carter was undecided. He liked a lot of things but nothing really stuck. In the end it turned out that he just wanted to ride the carousel. So he and I did.
|Really pretty and unique!|
I bought two tickets, but it turned out that I could ride free with him! So, for our first ride, we hopped on this double-seated alligator!
And of course I had to take a selfie...pretty good!
For the second ride, he picked an anteater, and I sat on the lizard next to him...
After a long, super hot day, it was so nice to just have a few quiet moments with him and see him so happy.
We headed out, took the long walk back to the van, and were so happy to sit and recover in the air conditioning. Honestly, of all of the big zoos we've visited, that was my least favorite. I'm happy we did it, but I don't feel compelled to go back. It was so large and spread out, and I feel like you do so much walking for so few animals. It's almost like they should have a two-day pass, because I don't know how normal people (not crazy people like me) get their kids through the entire thing, ever. Some of the exhibits were nice, but in others I found it hard to find animals, or even the sign for what was in there. But the sheer size was a problem. If it would have been condensed, it would have been so much better. Oh, and in one spot there was a massive hill that even had a sign that did not recommend strollers, and it was a bear to climb back up! That almost did me in near the end. That's just not kid-friendly at all. But again, I'm glad we did it...and hopefully never have to do it again.
Back to the hotel we went, for leftover pizza for the kids and KFC for Craig and me. We actually had a pretty functional night, with everyone on their electronics (and not fighting) and the Blue Jays game on the TV. That was the night, though, where I woke up at 3am, got thinking about Jacob, and couldn't fall back to sleep until about 5am. Luckily it didn't impact me too badly the next day, but it just showed me how difficult this trip was becoming mentally.
We still had two days to go, though, and my big moment was coming...Chihuly!