Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Goats, Oh My!

We have had such pretty weather this weekend.  Yesterday, we went to the park to play.  Parker and Claire ran into a friend there, so they had even more fun.  

After church this morning, we went to the zoo.  Please remind me to never, ever go to the zoo again during the summer.  The temperature outside was just right for both the animals and myself.  I didn't feel the need to apologize to all of the animals for standing in the blazing hot sun for me to stand in the blazing hot sun and look at them.  They seemed just as happy to be there as I was.  Just look at this zebra if you don't believe me.  He had a little extra spring in his step.

 In case you've ever wondered, zebras are black horses with white stripes.  You're welcome.

There were many animals to be admired ~ including this fake lion.
 And this big fellow! 
 If one were standing near me at any point during my zoo visit, one might think I had never seen these animals before.  I found myself saying things like, "It's just amazing", "Can you believe that these animals actually live in the wild somewhere on this earth?", and "Wonder what God was thinking when He made that animal".  For example, I've seen baboons many times in my life, but I still can't fathom why on earth their bottoms look like that.  

 The goats were Claire's favorite animal at the zoo.  I guess we could have just visited the farm down the road and saved some time.  They were pretty cute though.  Parker's favorite was the Komodo Dragon because he thinks it looks scary.  Oh, and it's poisonous.  
 Our visit is never complete without a walk through the dreaded reptile house.  I didn't take any pictures because it's hard to take pictures with your eyes squeezed tightly closed.  If I accidentally make eye contact with any of those snakes, they would (for sure) break through the glass and attack me. They hate me, and I hate them. 

 I don't know if this goat is sleeping while standing up or if he's just so disgusted that a grown woman would insist on making him pose for yet another picture.  He's clearly refusing to look at the camera.  We tried to get him to look at the camera in about five pictures with me, but he wouldn't have it.  
"Get away from me lady, I'm only here for the kids."

We ended the day at El Chico.  We haven't eaten there in years since it went out of business in our little town.  I have some El Chico history that I need to write about on here sometime.  That's another story for another day though. It was so good, and tasted exactly the way I remember it tasting.

(Today I am thankful for beautiful November days and all of the amazing animals that God created.  Except the snakes.)

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