The carousel was calling our name and Caroline picked to ride a zebra! It's her new favorite animal. The attendant gave us a double discount--we paid less than half and we only paid admission for one. Sweet. We went around and around. Caroline thoroughly loved it and would just squeal with happiness. The carousel would come to a stop and she would say "again, please!" and we would just keep going. If only everything in life was like that. It was just a grand old time!
We stopped by to see the lion's next. Caroline is the animal whisperer. I have proof of it too (on my phone so it will just have to be in our weekly post--if I get to it this week)! We walked into the viewing cave area (I don't know how else to describe it) and there was one lion and soon two others came and just hung out with us. We just talked and talked with Caroline about the lions. Oh, to have a pet lion, right? It's been so much fun to watch the cubs grow up and now they are practically teenagers!
Then we got passes to ride the monorail only to find out after we bought them and are telling Caroline all about the "magical air conditioned train you get to ride on to see the animals from up high" that we had actually bought tickets for the tram because the monorail was down. What a let down! Ya win some (carousel), ya lose some (tram), right? Chalking that up to two idiots: shame on us because we should have known because of the avid zoo lovers that we are and part of it up to the dumb girl who sold us the tickets for the tram while we are talking all about the monorail! After we paid and had our passes she said, "oh this is for the tram, should have told you." Geez! Help two struggling adults with a wild toddler out why don't ya!? Or not. Venting over.
We still rode the tram and got off at Africa and walked to the giraffes which were the highlight of our trip. My mom loves spoiling Caroline so we fed the giraffes again. We are seriously bff's with the giraffes and the zookeepers took note. Caroline would grab a piece of kale and pipe "Some?" and hand it over to the giraffe. Caroline would also open her mouth when she was handing the food--her way of saying "Open up!". It was hands down adorable.
We did a quick splash pad stop. Caroline was probably worn out a ton before we even got there but she found some cute kiddos to chase around and had a ball. We left at the perfect time and Caroline fell asleep on the way home and slept until 4:40! The combination of being worn out + a possible growth spurt is something I enjoy. Motherhood. Mom and I were also pretty zapped so we snuck in a little nap too! The heat totally got us! Most successful zoo trip yet!