We finally did it. After almost three years living in North Carolina, we FINALLY made the trek to Asheboro to visit the North Carolina Zoo. The kids have been to zoos before but not the one closest to us. Not sure why we waited so long. As you’ll see, the kids had a rockin’ good time.
I mean how can they not when you get close to animals like this?
After we started walking through the zoo, it was apparent we’d be doing a LOT of walking. We only brought a stroller for Little Roo so we switched him into a Bjorn (yes, he’s still small enough for it!) so he could see the animals better and then let Big Roo sit in the stroller when he needed. That worked (for a while).
We strolled through the swampy around and glanced down at the gorgeous water lilies.
One of the highlights was seeing the zebra and giraffe. There were tons of them and they weren’t hiding from us either. The kids loved pointing at them (especially Little Roo). I’m sure he was pondering if they were black with white stripes or white with black stripes. Hardy har.
Remember what I said about the Bjorn and the one stroller working for a while? Well, we finally broke down and rented another stroller. They were out of singles so we sported this sassy number. I don’t think the kids minded though, do you?
We paid a little extra for the “extras.” A ride on Dora and Diego’s 4D Adventure (Big Roo’s fave), a pass into Acacia Station to see the giraffes up close and a carousel ride (Little Roo’s fave). Little Roo was mesmerized by how he went up and down, then gave a hearty clap at the end. *cute*
While the kids were kinda indifferent, I was excited to see the Sonora Desert part of the museum. I got all nostalgic about cactus and stuff (I lived in Phoenix for five years). Hello prickly pear, agaves and saguaros! Big Roo was excited to see what the place he was born looked like.
Finally, what happens after you walk around the zoo for six hours with a four year old and a toddler? Well, the four year old STILL has energy to play on their cool playground while the toddler crashes for a much-needed nap.
Don’t you just love watching the kidlets enjoy the zoo? Although them being wild and whiny would have made good blog fodder, it just didn’t happen. They were amazing (and we were lucky). Even through the searing heat, hauling enough crap for a one-week vacation and smelling like sunscreen, we had a blast. Next time though, I’ll be sure to take more pictures. *wink wink*