Monday, July 13, 2009

A walk in the zoo

Even though it was Sunday and the high temperature was 104 with a heat index of about 106, I woke up at 7am and go ready to head to the Zoo. Now I am not by any means a morning person, partly because I work late evenings and also because I just haven't ever been, so me being up without a huge Starbucks caffeine injected beverage and no serious appointment was a big deal (especially on a day that it was going to be hotter than hell).

The grand plan was that we would get there at 9am when they opened to enjoy as much of the zoo as possible before our skin started to melt from the rays of the heat. We made it about 9:30 am and started the trip out with looking at the ducks (one of my favorite animals).

As the day went on and the heat started to rise we eventually found our way to the grizzly bears, which by far was the funniest animal we saw that day. Why you ask?

Well, when we walked into the building we saw two grizzly bears. They were both sleeping, one was in a hole and the other one was laying against the glass. What's so funny? Well as soon as you walked around the the corner to see them you notice that the male is spread eagle... foot on the glass and all, it would almost seem like an Al Bundy moment if he had his hand on his crouch. Not exactly what you were expecting when you walk around the corner. I can hear the kids now, "mommy what is that?"

After getting the peep show, he then decided to roll over and change positions. It seemed like he couldn't get comfortable because he just kept moving around. Eventually another group of about 4 people came walking in to see him. The best part of the whole thing was, as soon as they were about to take a picture of him, he decided to put on a show. He rolled over onto his back again and then went spread eagle. Talk about a Kodak moment.

Even though the sun was beating down on us and I was sweating to death I had a great time. I probably drank a gallon of water which is always a good thing. I don't think I have ever seen as many animals in one trip as I did Sunday. They always seem to be hiding or put away. It was great.

Who would have known that going to the zoo early in the morning was the best? The animals were all active and happy as opposed to late evening when they just hide in any place of shade they can find.


Kym said...

they know how to work the crowd huh?!?! haha! ;P

Kristen said...

maybe I need to start going to the zoos early, I swear the animals are all inside sleeping whenever we go!

Thomas said...

The last time I went to the zoo, all the animals were asleep. I walked away thinking, "What a waste of $10."

Melissa said...

The animals at the LA ZOO always seem to be on meds. The crocs don't move and the elephants are just lethargically picking at some peanuts. But what a peep show you got, bear junk first thing in the morning. It could have been worse...there could have been monkeys flinging poo!

Lil' Woman said...

Glad you got to enjoy your zoo :)

Jess said...

Sounds like a fun trip! I love going to the zoo.

Just wondered if you could send some of that warm weather my way, please?

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