Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sooner or later, we all go to the zoo.

I love the Toledo Zoo. It's my favorite zoo that I've ever been to. For our family to go to the zoo, it would cost more than we have. I've been wanting to go. Cameron has never been to a zoo. Poor child! Last week, the Toledo Blade gave Chris 10 free tickets to the zoo. I was beside myself with excitement. I would find myself singing the Raffi zoo song at odd moments. I fantasized about the flashlight fish. And the baby elephant! The baby elephant! I was jazzed.

We decided to go on Labor Day. It was a wonderful, fun trip. We took our own lunches and didn't spend any money on anything else. We saw orangutans, polar bears, giraffes, tigers, lions, elephants (baby and big), snakes, hippos, birds, fish, turtles, penguins, sloth bears, apes, cheetahs and bald eagles.

The Toledo Zoo has changed a lot over the years. I was walking around remembering so many things that were different when I was younger:

Entering the zoo through the subway tunnel and yelling to hear the echo
Hearing the sound of the peacocks all over the zoo
The train tunnel that had a black light
The seals where the penguins used to be that would swim and play all the time
The smell in what is now the "Carnivore Cafe"
The petting zoo that had more than just goats
The giant tortoise
Sunday night symphony concerts at the Amphitheatre
I know there used to be another ride besides the train and carousel. Does anyone remember what it was?

I'm so glad we got to go. It was a great day. Thanks, Toledo Blade!

You can see some pictures of our trip here.


Michelle said...

I loooove the zoo. We're there probably once every two weeks in the summer thanks to our membership. Best (tax write off!) money we spend for entertainment all year.

Carolyn said...

I love the Toledo Zoo! When we lived in Michigan we still treked down to see it. I liked that you didn't have to walk far, but they had everything. I remember losing Esther there--for a few tense moments--during Halloween at the Zoo. It's still a magical place for me.

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