This last weekend, we packed up the stroller and sunscreen and made our way to the local zoo. We had been planning to take Hadley to the zoo all spring and were just waiting on the perfect, warm weekend to do so. This weekend, we finally had both good weather and the time to devote to a full day at the zoo. It was great-- warm, breezy, and pretty. I think Hadley had a good time, but I say "think" because we didn't get a huge reaction from her. She seemed a lot more interested in the crowds of people than she did the animals. In fact, she seemed more intent on the ground and trees in most exhibits than she did the animals. I'm thinking this will get better as she gets a little older.
Hadley did really well, though, given that she had absolutely no idea what was going on. She did a lot of this, which is a relatively new trick for her...
She also ended up sleeping for some of our trip. We did manage to see lots of animals before she fell asleep, though. We saw lions and tigers and bears... but, Hadley's favorite had to be the elephants. She really seemed to notice them since they are so huge and were so close to us. She also liked the polar bears. They put on a great show, swimming and playing with a ball. Who wouldn't like that?
At the end of the day, we were hot, exhausted, and ready to go home. But, I am so glad we went. I grew up taking trips to this zoo and every time I return, I am reminded of my childhood and all of those great-- and extremely hot-- family and school trips. I want Hadley to have the same types of memories, and with the season passes we just bought, we're well on our way!