Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Without Further Ado...The ZOO!

We (Dakin, Nurse Jane and Mommy--DaDa had to work) ventured out to Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, TX. This was our last summer hurrah--the last big trip out before flu and cold season hits. With just a handful of people visiting the zoo that day, we had the opportunity to really stop and enjoy all the sights. it was a gorgeous day, perfect for zoo visiting. Dakin really enjoyed looking at all the animals, though he was very interested in the other kids he saw too.
We got to go into the Wild Bird Walkaround, which had hundreds of beautifully, brightly colored little birds. We got a seed stick and showed the birds to Dakin up close. I don't think he knew what to make of them. It was very loud in there, but shockingly clean. We had to Germ-X and Clorox everything when we got out, but it was worth it!
This is where we ate lunch--a beautiful shadedpavilion overlooking the elephants and giraffes. It was so nice there we stayed for over an hour while Dakin ate a cheese stick (a WHOLE cheese stick--this is really an accomplishment!)
We have video on our camera--I don't think I can upload it here, but I will try. One of the videos is Dakin in front of the white tiger enclosure--yikes! This giant tiger was about 2 feet from him, separated only by a pane of glass. Truly frightening. Dakin, of course, didn't bat an eylash.
Of all the wonderful, exotic animals we saw, Dakin's favorite were the ducks (da da da).
I had been planning a trip to the zoo forever, and I am so glad we finally got to take Dakin.


Kristen said...

Sounds like you had a great day! The zoo looks phenomenal. Every winter we make jokes that we should drive straight south. Know where we'd end up? Texas! Maybe one day we can all do the zoo together.

Thinking of you.


Denise said...

When we lived in TX, I heard that the Tyler Zoo was a nice one but we never visited there. And when we were just in Tyler....it was too hot to do anything outdoorsy. Plus we Californian's couldn't handle the humidity. I still wish we could have connected with you and that sweet Dakin!! Looks like you had a great time.

Junior said...

Looks like Dakin had a wonderful day at the zoo. the zoo is our favorite spot to visit.

Keri said...

So glad the three of you enjoyed your last summer hurrah! How fun for Dakin!

Mandy said...

What fun!! Sounds like you all had a good time and he was able to see a lot of stuff!! He looks like he had a ton of fun!! He is such a cutie pie!!

TMI Tara said...

Wow. Looks like so much fun! I bet he just loved it!!! What a cutie =)

Monica English said...

Looks like so much fun. I want to take Tabs and the fam to our zoo before it starts getting cool, but I don't know if we'll make it. The look on Dakin's face is just priceless.

Jenkins said...

Fun at the zoo, what could be better...maybe eating a whole cheese stick?!