We made it to the zoo a little after 9 this morning...us and a bazillion school kids on field trips. We counted 22 buses in one of the bus lots. All the kids were energetic, but they were mostly well-behaved.
The zoo is huge, with big habitats. The walk may be long, but it is fairly easy.
We started in North America with alligators and worked our way through Africa, ending with zebras (or close to it).
There are three restaurants, one at the front gate in North America, one in the middle of the park, and the last at the other front gate in Africa. Everyone we entered with decided to eat lunch in the middle. And, that is where all the school kids were to pick up their lunches.
So, the restaurant had only one of their two lines open...the other being used to give out the kids' sack lunches. We stood in line for almost half an hour to get our food, and thankfully the food was good (chicken Caesar wraps, fries, fruit cups). By the time we got our food, the line was three times longer than when we started.
Refreshed, we went on to Africa. We had spent about 4 1/2 hours at the zoo. We took the zoo shuttle from the Africa exit back to the North America entrance...the walk outside the zoo was 40 minutes long. The shuttle was a much better, air-conditioned option.
The zoo is beautiful with lots of shady trails. The habitats are large. The animals all seem to be in great shape. The desert habitat and the aviary of full of plants and animals to see...some of the up close.
We got back to Arvy about 2 o'clock. The pups took us on a walk around the fishing pond. We have now all settled inside the cool and are watching "Lethal Weapon" with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. We have all four movies on DVD, so we may have a Lethal Weapon afternoon.
Tomorrow we head home.
Thanks to all of you for following along with us on this trip. We are hoping to make a few short trips this year, and we'll write a trip journal each time.