Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NC Zoo Trip

Remember last week when I took Monday off from blogging?  Well the boys and I met my aunt and uncle, Pam and George, in Greensboro and then headed to Asheboro to spend the day at the North Carolina Zoo.

The NC Zoo is immense.  It was a very hot day (around 92* or hotter) and we certainly felt it as we walked around.  I kept refilling the boys' sippies though and they seemed to handle the heat pretty well.

Pierce said he most wanted to see an elephant.  Reid said he most wanted to see a lion.  Both of them were excited they got to see their special animals.  Cort on the other hand....he wanted to see a cow.  He had to settle for the bison in the prairie section.

Have I ever mentioned how much I adore lilly pads?  Possibly my favorite as far as flowers go. 

Pam and Reid check out some ostriches, zebra, and a giraffe that was peeking out from a rock formation.

Pam and George treated us to a dinosaur 4-D movie.  I wondered what 4-D was, and it turns out that it blows air at your legs, the seat vibrates, and you get poked in the back.  Pierce and Reid did pretty well, but Cort got a little scared.  After the movie, Cort threw a huge tantrum (as only an almost-3-year-old can do) over having to return his 3-D glasses.

George, Pierce, and Cort check out the inside of a bee hive.  Reid refused to go in initially, because he thought the huge bees on top were real.

My favorite section may have been the desert.  I just love the southwest so much.  I hope I get to venture back sometime, but for now I got my fill in the zoo!

Cort said that this ocelot was "his" cat.

And in the nocturnal section of the desert, we found this huge frog.  The glass was a little smeared, so the picture isn't as clear as it should be.

After that, we saw a very large grizzly bear.  We also saw the black bears.  We recently had a black bear run across the highway in front of our car, which really made an impression on the kids.  So they were happy to check them out from a distance.

The zoo geyser, in the prairie section.

In addition to the desert, I also really like swamps.  We had fun checking out all of the gators. 

Reid looks at the huge American alligator on the shore across the water.  Not so scary from a distance.

Overall, such an excellent day, and one that the boys will be talking about for months to come.  Extra thanks to my aunt and uncle for this special day!

Readers, what is your favorite animal at the zoo?

37 comments:

Maple Lane said...

What great photos from the zoo. I can see the wonder in the boys' eyes! My 3 yr old great niece visited the zoo last week for the first time and is still talking about it. I mailed her a Curious George goes to the Zoo dvd that she's enjoying!

Hope you all have a good day.

Heather said...

I definitely think elephants would be my favorite. They always seem so calm!

andy said...

Were heading there next monthago before school starts! Glad you and your boys had a great time!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This zoo is huge! My guy would have loved to have been the bears.

cat said...

I think it is very mean that poor little Cort couldn't keep his glasses :-)

Jill said...

What a great day! Looks like a really good zoo.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Polar bears are my favorite animals. That is a really nice zoo, you're right. I like it there!

Sally said...

Ah, so that's where you went off to. Looks like a great zoo; much nicer than ours here.

Wonderful photo's. And, Cort? I woulda cried too if I had to give back the glasses. :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Neat! Used to love going to the Phoenix zoo with our grandsons. It's a pretty awesome zoo too, but only during the winter months. :-)

Out on the prairie said...

I always like the butterfly exhibits and aquariums.Primates are also fun.

Michelle said...

The zoo trip was always fun when the kids were little. Looks like your boys were enjoying themselves, despite the heat.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I've been to that zoo, and it's great. I love the big cats (of course). I love seeing photos of your kids seeing things that fascinate them.

TexWisGirl said...

looks like a lot for them to take in and wonder at. nice!

Valerie said...

What a great zoo, and what a great visit, too! Amy and I were both laughing hard at Cort's desire to see a cow:)

My favorite animal would have to be one of the big cats. There was a tiger at the Rochester zoo that was SO huge! I loved to watch him, but I was also very glad for the high fence between us;)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Great zoo pictures.They will make wonderful memories. My favorite zoo animal would be a garaffe.

andy said...

Were going next month hopefully! Glad you and your boys enjoyed it ao much! If i replied twice sorry couldnt remember if i did or not. Have a good day

Mary said...

Nice zoo...nice family trip there. I loved the zoo trips with family. Dad had a relax with the kids time. It made fun family time memories.

Mary said...

There's nothing better than a trip to the zoo with the kids! We get to go to the MN zoo over Labor Day and Hailey is already talking about it.

I personally do not like 4-D movies. I went to one in Florida and it just gave me the creeps. :)

Misty said...

Great shots, and what a cool zoo! our local zoo isn't so awesome... though they try and have improved- it still leaves a lot to be desired....

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Very cool! If you ever decide you want to go again let me know and we'll meet you there! :)

We happen to hold a special spot in our hearts for the Polar Bears because we got engaged by them at the Central Park Zoo.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sounds like an awesome and educational day! Enjoyed the tour. :)

Sandy said...

Go Cort! I love cows...lol. I don't think I would like the 4D experience. Looks like a great day was had by all though.

Angela said...

How fun! I really don't think I would feel comfortable with those giant bees either!

Jacquelineand.... said...

I remember taking the kidling to the zoo...she would always head right for the dolphins (only she called them dollyfins). I love seeing all the wonderful things you do with your boys, and the memories they bring up.

Betsy Adams said...

Oh --what a fabulous day!!!! That brought back so many memories of taking my sons to the zoo many years ago --and then my grandchildren... SO much fun!!!!!!

I love it all... Not sure I have a favorite--although I love seeing the bears and lions and of course, the giraffes...

Great set of pictures.. Looks like the boys enjoyed it alot.
Hugs,
Betsy

Chatty Crone said...

That looks like such a great place for all the kidlets to visit. I would be careful about the bees too! sandie

My Journey With Candida said...

Looks like you all had a fun day at the zoo. I love going to zoos.

Chicken Wrangler said...

What an amazing place!!! Love it - and that bee hive - I can see where a kid might be a little scared of that! Wow!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I like that giant bee hive!
I would like to sample some honey!
love
tweedles

Nancy Claeys said...

So glad the boys had a good time at the zoo -- I remember taking my boys at this age and it was always fun. :)

Kelly said...

It looks like a fun trip. Great photos too.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Viktor T said...

Lovely photos!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Besides the extreme heat I would say that was an awesome day. I haven't been to a zoo in years.
I love the giraffes.

Madge Bloom said...

I always loved doing the zoo when my kids were small...

Rita said...

My kids aways loved visiting the zoo. They have fond memories of trips there.

We are lucky to have the only free zoo in the country in St. Louis so that made frequent trips *with a picnic lunch) very doable back then when money was tight.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

I'm so glad you had fun!
That bee hive is cool!

OneMommy said...

We love the zoo!
It has been way to hot lately to go though...

That sign by the lion's exhibit is hilarious!