Monday, October 27, 2014

Texas style outings

Beware, this is A LOT of pictures (I don't really know if I need to say that ever, but I like to give warnings anyway).

The first night I got to Texas, Danell put the girls to bed and came out laughing.  She said that she was talking to Clare and Clare said, "Mama, Teresa coming wasn't quite what I expected."  Danell tried to figure out what Clare expected, but she couldn't really say, just something more exciting.  So Danell thought she needed to give Clare some excitement.  She told her we were going to the zoo.  Technically, this was already planned, but Clare didn't know that.  The next morning Clare told me the same story all over again.  "Last night I told Mama that you coming wasn't quite what I expected.  So now we're going to the zoo!"  I had suggested the zoo because, frankly, I love zoos.  But also because it is a fun kid activity.  And we had gone to the zoo once before with the girls.
I loved that Clare and Lucy were so interested in the maps.  I can remember going to the zoo with John where he looked at the map more than he looked at the animals.

The orangutans had a little baby who was SO STINKING CUTE!
And Hannah is even cuter!
A sleeping lion.
And a posing meerkat.
And a very tired Lucy, who just needed a little rest in the shade.
The owl building was one of my favorites.
Bats eating an apple.
We took a little rest for a snack.

This picture is out of order, but these fish were so weird.  It's called a paddlefish.  Do you see the bottom one with its mouth wide open?  It just swam around like that.
More owls.
Even more owls.
The slide that goes through the otter exhibit.
And of course, Nemo and Dory were together!
There were two scuba divers cleaning one of the big tanks.  It was pretty fascinating.  There was a lady talking to us about it.  Apparently the tank gets cleaned three times a week and it takes two hours to clean.  Most of the divers are volunteer.  The tanks are provided by the fire department.
Apparently, the lady also said that the eels have been pretty testy lately.  So, one person would clean while the other person watched.  When this eel came out of its hole, they quickly got out of the way.  At one point, it swam straight at the woman and she had to use her scrub brush to gently push it in a different direction.  It was pretty exciting to watch!
See if you can find this snake's head.  It blended well with it's surroundings.
This picture cracked me up because the front fish photo bombed the purple fish! :)
And a zoo trip wouldn't be complete without a giant tortoise picture...or 4.  It was on the move and I caught it's progression to the water...
...finally soaking in the mud!

It was a fun trip to the zoo, even if it was climbing into the 90s throughout the morning.

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