The Mom and The Girl go to The Zoo

I surprised my daughter, Ainsley, with a trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday, 3 July, 2012. She has always loved the zoo. She wants to work at one some day, so I try to keep her exposed to them as much as I can.

I love aquariums, so this zoo is the perfect place for both of us to go. I love all things water-related, so any excuse to see water, or be near it, will do. Getting to spend the whole day with my girl: icing on the cake!

Here are some photos from our adventure.

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It was a hot day! About 106 with the heat index. We made sure to spray each other with sunscreen (although you can see my sunburn…she missed my shoulders), and drink a lot of water. We tried to stay out of the sun as much as we could. Thankfully there are a lot of trees all around this zoo, and we took advantage of that. We didn’t go to the very far end of the zoo, as there were less trees there, and by the time we got there, it was the middle of the day. We did take the train all over the zoo, so we still got to see that part of the zoo, just (thankfully) from the shade of the train.

Speaking of the train, I would highly recommend getting the all-day ride pass. It’s a bit pricey, but you can ride any ride you want, as many times as you want, and at $4.00 round trip for the Skyfari, Train, and Tram, it paid for itself.

All in all we spent almost seven hours at the zoo. It was a great day. We got along splendidly, and even got an IMAX movie in during the 2 o’clock hour. (I was wiped out by then and needed a cool place to sit for a while.)

After we left the zoo, she wanted to see where she was born. We’ve lived in Boone for 9.5 years, and it’s the only place she remembers. I took her on a tour of Griswold, Atlantic, and Anita, Iowa, so she could see some of the places we’ve lived over the years. The pictures of the rolling hills are from that area. I’d forgotten how much I love driving that part of the state. It’s so beautiful with the farms, and the rolling hills and valleys. sigh.

The picture of the building is the hospital where she was born.

And I learned when we stopped for supper, that she likes to eat her chocolate chocolate-chip muffin with a fork.

I want to make memories with her. I want her to be able to hold onto these memories. Good memories, with her mom.

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