Sunday, June 12, 2011


I'm sure some of you are thinking, "man, how many times can these guys go to the zoo?"...well, we have a season pass, and when we've been cooped up due to rain for lengthy periods of time and the forecast finally says 'no rain' for 24 hours, we have got to escape. So, escape we did. To the Portland Zoo, again. And you know, I thought it was a brilliant idea because school was still in and we were getting there at 9:30 in the morning...we were gonna have the zoo to ourselves and I was stoked and the kids were pretty excited about it too.

Wow, was I ever wrong. It must have been field trip day for every school in the area cuz it was INSANE...pretty comparable to $2 Tuesdays which is saying A LOT. (I did that once, and that's the day I decided a Zoo Pass was a brilliant idea.)

Anyway, despite the crowds, we did get to see and do all we wanted to and then some. They had the penguins in a section of the Polar Bear exhibit for some reason, so we got to see those guys for the first time. Sad, huh. They are so darn cute, and I always skip them...too many big cats and other cool things we've always got on our agenda I guess. Carter LOVES the movie "Surfs Up", so he was pretty impressed to see some real penguins. :)

The dinosaur exhibit was up again, but I wasn't willing to pay the extra fee to get inside, so Jem just played on the T-Rex outside and Carter watched. There was no convincing him to climb on that thing.
We also saw the alligator for the first time. I remember my friend posting a picture of it on her blog and me being shocked that they had one of these guys...I had NEVER seen it. Well, now I know why. He's little. Much smaller than I was picturing, but impressive none the less.

As is tradition, we checked in on the baby elephant. He's almost three years old now. CRAZY! He was brand new when we first moved to Oregon. He is still so fun to watch. He follows his mom around, pushing and pulling on her with his trunk. Reminds me a lot of Gavin these days. :) There he is, holding onto his mommy's tail as she walks away, trying to get a little space...I've been there.

The crazy trio.

Hooray for the Portland Zoo!


Kristina said...

What do you mean 'little'? The alligator is HUGE, he could eat me! I think that's a different one. Looks like the kids enjoyed the zoo again, despite the crowds. I wish we could have gone with you. I love the trio pic.

Jen said...

I'm so glad you posted pics of the baby elephant. I can't believe it's been three years!! I remember watching the news when he was born. And I love elephants, and baby elephants are even better :)

Dave and Erin said...

How do you manage to get such great photos of the kids and sights?? I swear we tried to take some of the same photos of the gator and elephants, but they didn't turn out nearly so well. Nice work.

Mitch n' Molly said...

What a great time! I LOVE Oregon... Soak it in my friend! That zoo does rigity rock!

Mitch n' Molly said...

So the craft blog won't post my comment dangit! Is it ok to post it here? Cuz I am...
I LOVE the skirt! Are you kidding me? What an awesome find in the bins!!! You are adorable in it too! Well Done! Why oh why cant we be crafting partners?!!