We were all disappointed, because even though the thought of being in an ocean of people sounded miserable, we still REALLY wanted to go to the zoo! So we came up with a consolation idea...we skipped the zoo over Spring Break, but we promised the kids that we'd take them out of school on the first Wednesday that we were all available (aka...major planet alignment!)
Today was THE DAY. The majority of our planets aligned for us. My visiting teaching is done. The kids all did their homework in advance. No one had tests. And Wednesday = 1/2 price day at the zoo! (The only planet that wasn't in alignment was my husband's. Unfortunately, he forgot to clear all the Wednesdays on his calendar and scheduled a full day of appointments.)
This morning, we slept in, had breakfast, and left for Ft. Worth around 9:30ish. It takes an hour to get to the Ft. Worth Zoo, so with a quick stop for water bottles and snacks, and a couple of minor GPS misdirection issues, we made it to the zoo by 10:45. It was 39 degrees when we left the house this morning and only got up to 45 degrees late in the afternoon, so there were not a lot of people there today. (Definitely better than 125,000!)
This was my FAVORITE thing about the whole day. The Museum Of Living Art. And I'm not even a REPTILE girl. But the snakes and frogs were seriously amazing and extraordinary. I think I took pictures of every single one. (The only exception was the roaches...ew...EW...and EWW!! I couldn't even look at them. YUCK!)
This is a West African Green Mamba. I LOVED this guy...look at his face. He's GORGEOUS! You'd never know that he's totally venomous and one bite could kill you instantly!! Thank goodness for that thick piece of glass separating us.
Poison Dart Frogs. They look like those little plastic frogs you get at the Dollar Store. They're so beautiful, but they secrete a totally toxic poison from their skin. I'm sure I would never remember that if I ever visited the Rain Forest. I'd definitely want to pick one of these up and take it home. (Note to self: Do Not plan a vacation to the Rain Forest)
Oh yeah...and they had SNAKE DOOR HANDLES!! Very cool!!
This is a Scarlet Ibis. Did you know that they don't come in this gorgeous red color?? When they're babies, they are grey and white. But their diet of red crabs turns their feathers red. Cool, huh??
The carousel was fun because they're always fun, but it's the expression on Mack's face that I loved about this picture...so cute.
I'm not usually drawn to the hoofed things at a zoo, but I liked these guys because of their stripes. They're called bongos (striped antelopes).
We spent an awesome 4 hours at the zoo, then had a late lunch/early dinner on the way home. It was a perfect break in the week, and a great way to spend a Wednesday!
I LOVE the zoo.