By now, you may be wondering if I have an obsession with zoos. The answer to that question is, YES! I love going to the zoo because I am able to see animals that I otherwise would probably never see in real life. As much as I would love to travel the world and see elephants and giraffes in person, I doubt I will get to any time soon. I’m just hoping to at some point in my life time.
This trip was spur of the moment when the weather decided to hit almost 80 degrees in the middle of November. Seriously, when does that happen in northern Ohio? This trip would only include my toddler, infant and myself. Can I handle this type of chaos by myself? Unlike the Pittsburgh trip, I would need to push the stroller and wear the little one. I’ve been to the Cleveland zoo numerous times and knew there would only be one major hill to tackle and I was confident I could do it!
We got to the zoo shortly after they opened and followed suit and immediately went in and changed diapers and found a shaded spot to feed the newest addition. In his short little life he has already been to two different zoos in two different states! He will be 2 months old on the 4th of December. Apparently every parent/grandparent/school teacher wanted to take advantage of the amazing day we were given. Children were everywhere, but so were the animals! Most of the exhibits were open and the animals were playing and enjoying the nice day as well.
Sorry for the poor photos, I’m attempting to learn how to use my DSLR camera on Manual mode.
After some lunch, we decided to head up the ginormous hill I was slightly dreading. At this point, the toddler had zero desire to ride in the stroller. So, the walk up the hill became much longer. I was now wearing baby, pushing a stroller with our diaper bag essentials, and holding my toddlers hand. About half way up I could tell she was getting tired because she started stopping to pick up E-V-E-R-Y leaf (it is autumn so leaves are abundant). As I could start to see the light at the end of a very long trek, the toddler just wasn’t having it and would not sit in the stroller. So, here I go carrying her, wearing him, and pushing a stroller. I was sweating like crazy by the end.
This zoo adventure was much more enjoyable. We enjoyed watching the elephants and giraffes just roam around their habitats. We were able to see the monkeys playing and eating. The toddler even just enjoyed watching the birds at lunch get extremely close as they were eating all of the crumbs other kids were dropping. We will definitely be back in the spring, or if we get another freak weather occurrence during the winter months.