We went to the zoo on Saturday late in the afternoon. It was a blisteringly hot day, but by the time we got there around 5:00, the zoo was nearly vacant and the temperature was on its way down. It was like we had the whole zoo to ourselves. And that's just awesome.
We were alone at the polar bear exhibit for a long time.
Lena loved being under the water so much that she said her first "fishies" when she saw them floating over us. I captured the moment.
Obligatory zoo photo op.
Then we went on a train ride. The train didn't go quite fast enough to cool us, but it was fun and the kids loved the whistle.
Then onto the lions and the aquarium, eating a light dinner I packed along the way (meat and cheese, apples, grapes, crackers...quite refined for a couple of toddlers).
We made it to the car before the hail storm began. What a mess! We finally had to pull over under a gas station canopy to wait it out.
All in all, one of my favorite visits to the zoo!