Friday, November 25, 2016

Singing in the Rain

We met Sammie's family at the Waco Zoo this morning.  The cars you are seeing in the lot are ours.  No one else was there.

It was cold, well, for Texas, and rainy, but in we went.

Our thinking was that the lack of crowds at the zoo on the day after Thanksgiving would compensate for the rain.

For the record, we were right.

Jill is a master at getting children to smile for me.

Jane doesn't need much coaching.

Marcia was happy to pose with her daughter.

All the kids were happy the entire morning.

No complaints about the cold, even from Bradley, who didn't have any kind of a jacket.

If you look closely, you can see the rain on Jeff's glasses.

We had this playground to ourselves, and we played.

We had all the exhibits to ourselves.  Ben and Jeff are posing in front of the enclosure for the two-toed sloth.

Sammie pointed out the bears.  I thought he meant for me to take a picture of this one.

No.  He meant this one.

Sammie and I discussed our respective Thanksgiving dinners.  While we chatted, he sent me a picture of his turkey.  I asked him if there was a Pinterest board for Big Green Egg owners.  He said yes.  I told him about Jeff's gravy.  Maybe I should start a gravy board.

The otter exhibit is amazing, and yes, we had it all to ourselves.  The kids loved the slide.

This was basically a huge plexiglass hole through the otter tank.

Ben got better after about 10 runs down.

We stayed in the otter exhibit for about 20 minutes.  Unrelated, it had a roof.

All the kids took turns.  Many turns.

This was as much fun to watch as it was to slide.

I know that for a fact.

Marcia's grandson Ben was right in the mix.

Fancy tricks became the norm.

The otters loved our visit.

They were very curious about all the kids.

Ben is an otter whisperer.

Austin, another grandson of Marcia's, can speak to them.

The next indoor exhibit held nocturnal animals.

I turned around and found Melanie behind me.  I heard exactly zero complaints about the rain and Melanie was resourceful.

The fact is that I don't think I have ever spent more time in a zoo.

We didn't have to peer over anyone to see the creatures.

Unfortunately for me, no one blocked my view of the snakes.

That was a fortunate occurrence for Will, who stayed in the reptile house quite awhile.

We had completely unobstructed views of huge animals...

And small animals.

Jeff asked for a group photo.

Dave's family was next.

Sammie's family wanted a picture, too, but while we waited for Melissa, Bradley sounded the gong with his head.

Melissa's sister Anna and her family also joined us today.

We had the best time!

This is a mission taco from Torchy's.  I'd heard about this place.  The truth is that no one had bragged enough.  This was fabulous.

Of course, when we got home, some of us went for a walk around the lake.

Jacob helped Ben feed the ducks.

They didn't seem to mind a rainy day, either.

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