Texas • Fort Worth Zoo

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We're obsessed with zoos.
Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to make the three hour drive to Fort Worth. I think I was more excited than I've ever been about any other zoo trip in my twenty one years of existence.  Alex and I both love zoos and aquariums. I swear we're like big kids when you get us around animals. Our kids are going to be like, "Parents, chill out! It's just a Zebra!" Proof of our obsession: We're even planning on stopping at the zoo in Omaha, Nebraska during our four day drive to North Dakota in July [This is where the Air Force is sending us next by the way, and I am not looking forward to it.] Most sane people would be in a hurry to get where they're going, but we must see all the zoo animals along the way, of course.

This is the 'It's disgustingly hot out here today.' face, taken while we were hiking the mile from our parking spot to the gate.

I took over one hundred pictures, and didn't manage to get even one with me in it. I need to buy a tripod, and give the husband a crash course on how to use our camera. The only thing I don't like about DLSRs is that they're so intimidating. When you ask a perfect stranger to take a picture for you their eyes pop out of their head and they look at the camera like it's an alien.

Most of the animals were pretty active considering how hot it was - in Fort Worth it was 97 degrees and just a few hours away, where we live, it got up to 110 degrees. Alex hates the heat, but I love it. I was born and lived in Arizona until I was eight, and spent every summer there visiting my dad, so the weather here reminds of my childhood and family.

If you think that Gorilla and those Penguins are cute, just wait. . .

This little guy is called a Sloth Bear, and I'm pretty sure he was my favorite. Instead of jumping from rock to rock like Grizzly Bears or Black Bears would, he crouched down on all fours, stuck his butt in the air, and scooched his way to the edge, then slowly reached for the ground with each foot. I swear it was the cutest thing I've ever seen a furry, four-footed animal do.

Overall, it was a pretty good zoo. It wasn't Disney World or anything, but we had a lot of fun. We love doing things like this with each other, just the two of us, but at the end of the day we both agreed that we're looking forward to and ready to do things like this with our children. When I was younger, I remember asking my mom how she knew she was ready to have kids. At the time her answer, "I just did. It felt like something was missing in our family," didn't make a lot of sense to me, but now I get it. It's not that we've grown bored of each other or that we aren't enough for each other. It just feels like something is missing, especially when we go out and do things like this together. We just want something more for our family, someone else to share this love that we have for each other with.

A fun FYI: I was pregnant on this trip and didn't know it yet.


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