Hogle Zoo 2008Posted: November 21, 2008 Filed under: War and Peace 5 Comments
For our nephew Brandon’s 2nd birthday, the Romgi and I thought it would be fun to spend a day at the zoo. Brandon is one of the most adorable little boys I know, and usually one of my favorite people to be around. This day at the zoo convinced me that I really, honestly, truly do not like kids.
It seemed like a good idea at the time to go on “Boo at the Zoo” day – the Saturday just before Halloween, when the zoo invites kids to come in costume and get candy at a bunch of different animal exhibits. We managed to find a parking spot after about 10 minutes and then entered the line to buy tickets. Somehow we ended up on the side of the ticket booth that had only one window open, and we stood for about 30-40 minutes slowly inching up towards the ticket window.
Brandon removed his costume after approximately 2.25 minutes in line.
We were almost up to the window, with only a few people ahead of us, when this guy at the front of the line decides that now is a good time to apply for a zoo membership. He spent a good 10 minutes filling out the paperwork. Why didn’t the cashier have him step aside to fill it out? I was really grouchy by that point. Really grouchy.
After that we took Brandon to the gift shop and let him pick out whatever he wanted. Of course, we only directed him towards budget-friendly items, but I’m sure he had fun grabbing things off the shelf. I would.
We did finally make it back to the car, about two and a half hours after we first got in line to buy tickets. Here’s the conclusion I came to: Roni needs more sleep before going on outings. A lot more. The Romgi had a good time, and Brandon apparently did too, and the further we get from the trip the more I think it might have actually been a tiny bit fun.
But I probably won’t be going back anytime soon.
I didn’t give him candy to make you the bad guy! He just needed the candy rl bad.
Yeah, I don’t exactly believe that. I make him cry…you give him candy…what is he going to think?
Although, the fact that while he was crying you were just taking closeup shots of his tormented face probably didn’t make him like you any more. My arms were full, I couldn’t pick him up.
Something I’ve learned — I never ever go to the zoo (or any other kid oriented place) on a day that I’m pretty sure it will be packed! I try to avoid it as much as possible, anyway. Jason had a day off last week so we went to the zoo. It was drizzling and probably 30 degree’s outside. There were maybe 20 cars in the parking lot. (Thankfully the zoo has many indoor exhibits). We went to the aquarium place and it was fabulous! No lines, no crowding…bliss! We only stayed for about an hour and 1/2. I was practically running to the car when we were done it was FREEZING outside.
Those are awesome pictures. I’m sure he loved the trip even if it wasn’t what you were expecting.
PS. What is up with the teepees? How does that belong at the zoo? Are Native Americans now wild animals?
I bet the Teepees are for those Navajo Sheep!