On Sunday, we went to the zoo as one last hurrah before school started back up on Monday. It was really nice to have a family day with no distractions from work. As soon as Owen woke up in the morning, we hurried into the car. The drive to this zoo is over an hour, so we decided to have breakfast on the go, so we could fit in as much as possible before nap time.
Since Owen has been particularly obsessed with them recently, we started with the elephants.
He was so excited to see them, and was perfectly content pointing at them and making elephant sounds for a good 10 minutes. We were a bit disappointed they didn’t decide to get into the water this time, like they did last time we were here, but they did come quite close to the window, so Owen had a great view!
Next up were the giraffes (“Fffs”), since they are one of Owen’s longtime favorite animals. Not pictured is his Sophie the giraffe that he had with him.
Not only were the giraffes cool, but he was especially excited about all of the pelicans and ducks that were around the giraffe enclosure. He spent more time quacking at the birds than he did looking at the giraffes!
Then, we went to see a tiger. He had just woken up from a nap and was particularly active. He kept rubbing up to the window next to us, so, once again, Owen had an amazing view of him. He was holding his tiger toy from last year’s trip to the San Diego Zoo, and he tried to tell everyone he saw about the big “cat.”
After the tiger, we went to see some tropical birds, and we had our first ever experience with a random act of kindness. Upon entering the bird area, we saw that you could buy little sticks with bird food on them for $1 each, but they only took cash. We checked our purses and wallets, but, unfortunately, we only had change, and it didn’t quite add up to a dollar. So, I just said, “that’s okay, it’ll still be fun to see the birds!” and we started walking away. No sooner had I said that, a guy in his 20s handed me $3, so Owen could get some bird feeders. It meant so much to us that this guy cared so much about our little one’s experience! I definitely intend to pay it forward.
And, the birds ended up being Owen’s favorite part! He absolutely loved feeding the birds. He couldn’t get enough.
After the birds, we ate a picnic lunch and heard a train whistle blowing. We decided that that would be the perfect ending to our zoo day, since Owen loves trains and it was starting to creep towards nap time.
Even though he was getting tired at this point, he loved riding on the train, hearing the whistle, and eating the rest of his lunch while checking out the scenery. Afterwards, we went to the car, and he fell asleep before we even got out of the parking lot. Definitely a successful trip!