Outing to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Lorikeets

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Lorikeets

Saturday morning we realized that it was the first time all summer that the hubby didn’t have a church softball double-header which meant we had the day free to take the toddler somewhere fun.  We hadn’t made it to the zoo since June, and the toddler seemed excited, so we got things packed up and headed out.  

The zoo is a short 10-15 minute drive from our house.    In that time, I managed to:

  1. Hit a dog that ran out on the freeway (I’d slowed down enough/managed to stop so that when I backed up it ran away as if nothing had happened)
  2. Got a flat tire from said dog (this morning we discovered the smell that was coming from the Rav4 since then was actually doggie doodoo on the tire, to which the hubby replied, “I guess you scared the crap out of that dog!”)
  3. Almost broke the hubby’s foot because I forgot to put on the parking break before he jacked up the car to change the tire.

So, I’ve learned the hard way that I need to engage the parking break before changing a tire, and also that some animals aren’t smart enough to not run in front of a car going 60 miles an hour.

Despite all of this, we made it to the zoo in one piece, though the hubby has been teasing me about this ordeal since.    I’ll gladly take teasing over anger any day.    The zoo, as always, was a hit.   We typically only go for two hours at a time.   The weather the past week has been great, Saturday was no exception.   For the first time, we let the toddler feed the Lorikeets.    For $1 you get a shotglass worth of nectar, and the birds lick it out of the cup.    What a treat for our son!

We of course also had to ride the train through the Australian Adventure area, and headed uphill to the primates, cats and aquatics building.  He loved running around the building, seeing the various fish, monkeys and the snow leopard.   The best part may have been when looking at the baboons with their red behinds and our son telling us, “they need some cream.”     On the walk down to the stingrays exhibit called “Touch” we took the terraced walkway that allows you to walk down the hill through the shade of the trees.  One of the things I love about this zoo is the amount of space dedicated.    It is more like a huge parkspace with animals dispersed throughout.    Before our son could even appreciate the zoo much we bought a membership just to go and enjoy walking around and being outdoors with him.    

I think he enjoyed the stingrays, though his little arms are still, unfortunately, too small to reach down and touch them.    By this time, nearly two hours had passed and it was time to head home for a nap!     But, I can’t wait to go again soon.   Maybe when the grandparents are in town in a couple of weeks.

Until next time,

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