Friday, November 13, 2009

Our Doctor Visit-Turned-Trip to the Zoo

Our trip to the doctor's office at LeBonheur this week turned into a trip to the zoo. Don't you just love those spur of the moment field trips? Well, we had time to kill and the Memphis Zoo was right there, practically begging us to come in for a while. The bonus? Free to Tennessee residents on Tuesday afternoons. And yep, it just happened to be Tuesday afternoon....

We stopped off first thing for a quick photo op at the fountain....

We strolled through Cat Country. The weather was perfect! Then we headed over to the monkeys. My little one was really taken with the monkeys. He was watching their every move. Apparently, so was I. (I've always wondered where he picked up that facial expression....)

From there we moved on to the African exhibit and saw the giraffe house and the zebras, before heading on to the elephants. I was so busy listening to the caretaker tell another family about the night the baby giraffe was born that I didn't take any pictures. (Nosy...or is it nosey??)

We strolled on down to see everyone's favorite-the Northwest Passage. This is where the polar bears and the sea lions live. We spent a lot of time there and we got some great pictures! We all enjoyed the sea lion performance, but the little one was truly fascinated!

I shared one photo here of my boys and a polar bear on Wednesday. This is the photo that was taken right after Wednesday's photo...

Do you see that giant polar bear eyeballing my little one? Not a peaceful, easy feeling! And don't you know my little one screamed and ran?

Yep. Wouldn't you?

As we were strolling towards the Northwest Passage, Cade picked up a huge orange leaf from the ground. He was still holding it when we entered the polar bear observation area. This is what happened next....

Ouch! Poor bear! He really wanted that leaf! I wonder what he thought it was....

When we left the polar bears, we turned and saw that the sea lions were under water also. We headed down to the observation area. My little one was amazed! The sea lion appeared equally amazed. I don't know who those folks are in the bad reflection on this photo, but if you look down on the lower right side, you can see my little one nearly eye-to-eye with the sea lion. They both look mesmerized!

We soon learned that the little one had really been paying attention during the sea lion's performance.

Backtracking a bit....While at the doctor's office, I entertained the little one with a blue latex glove blown up like a balloon. He carried it all day, and even though it was losing air and shape, he still clung to it as he stood watching the sea lion. He quickly discovered that the sea lion liked that glove as much as he did.

He began to make hand motions with the glove, similar to those used by the trainers. He had the sea lion turning flips and twisting through the water! It was a delight to watch and drew quite a crowd.

This last picture is by far my favorite from our day at the zoo. After some time turning flips for Eli, this beautiful creature paused again for a picture....

Isn't this the most gorgeous animal? The color of the water created an eery, almost animated feel. It was hard to leave. Literally. We had to carry Eli out of there kicking and screaming. And when I say we, I mean daddy. Heh.... By the way, daddy was the master behind the camera on this day.

I hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about our day at the zoo. We're hoping for another pretty day so we can go back and see more. Like the pandas!

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