We made another Sunday morning trek to the zoo today. The weather was beautiful and it turns out that we beat most of the crowd because we got a great parking spot and there were very few people there. In order to provide a little change, we took a detour through the Kid's Cove. We've avoided that lately because of the water play area where the kids can climb in the creek and get wet. It's super-cool, but a big hassle for a short 90-minute (or two hour) trip. Today they were cleaning it and we also realized that you can hit the petting area (oooohhhh, goats!) and milk the fake cow and the kids can't even SEE the creek area. Of course, they wanted to go "round-and-round" (the carousel). It seems that this was a bigger hit with them this trip than before and even Clark cracked a few smiles.
(Just for the record, yes, Emma is wearing her sunglasses upside down in many of the shots.)
We saw an elephant getting a bath. That was really pretty cool because it would move it's ears back-and-forth so the zookeeper could wash behind his/her ears. And then it just got up. Faster than one would think a large pachyderm could move and it was pretty amazing. It seemed, once again, that the elephant was just moving so that it could get a little bit cleaner.
We were excited to learn that the zoo now offers sweet potato fries! Yummy! After a lunch break, the kids had fun "driving" the safari truck. and observing the giraffes. Kendall even posed near a big lion statue.
The kids also got a big kick out of the covered area where you can push various buttons and listen to the different sounds that chimpanzees, gorillas, etc make. It was a moment that caused some serious laughs!
Happy Clean Sheet Sunday! Those are going to feel GREAT tonight!