Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Another long but wonderful day at the Miami Zoo

Sunday, 12/18/11 - This afternoon we took our friends, Ron & Dixie down to RF Orchids in Homestead, FL for the 3 pm tour of the gardens. We had gone a week or so before but Will enjoyed it so much he wanted to go back.

In just this short time there were so many more varieties of orchids blooming and the place looked fabulous. We did not have Bob, the owner as our tour guide but Julie who has worked at the nursery for 12 years. Bob gave a great tour as he told a lot about his family's history, which was so interesting, but Julie gave a much better tour regarding all the plants. It was a marvelous afternoon and Ron & Dixie purchased a couple variety of air plants to put into some large shells they have in a basket. An of course no day would be complete without a trip to WalMart for much needed groceries. A fun day.

Monday, 12/19/11 - A local Chinese Buffet very close to our RV park has an annual anniversary special each year....2 for the price of one so my neighbor Mary asked if I wanted to go to lunch as her husband, Harold would NOT step foot in the place. Well, you only have to ask me once to go out for Chinese Buffet....so away we went. Actually, it was a pretty good selection and Mary and I certainly got our monies worth. We had a fun time sharing stories and lots of laughs and the most amazing thing.....I told her about our wonderful time in Rome, NY and our experiences on the Erie Canal and singing the songs. When we got back into the car she brought up on her CD player Bruce Springsteen, singing our old favorite...On the Erie Canal. We both broke out into song singing along.....now I ask you, how many people would just happen to have that song available in their car???? Great going Mary, it was fun.

Tuesday, 12/20/11 - It's Tuesday so that's when "the old people" get into the Miami Zoo for free with the Golden Pass so we invited our friends Ron & Dixie, who LOVE zoos to go with us. We got out there about 10:15 am and didn't leave until 4 pm.....A long and tiring BUT wonderful day.

We started out on the 11 am Tram ride that takes through out the entire zoo (which is HUGE) but also tells you about the animals. We didn't do that on our last trip and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. After the tram ride we got our hand stamped so we could go back out and have our picnic lunch on the median of the parking lot. As you know, this has become a tradition with us and we had them bring their folding chairs and it was great.

Because of the Christmas Holiday, they were lots of people (kids) at the zoo but they also had special "feedings" for different animals at different times. Actually, on our way to the tram we discovered that at 10:30 am it was the Bengal Tiger which the zookeeper explained about him and tossed him 2 snacks.....2 - 10oz steaks, which he devoured in two bites. We also saw the Chimpanzee and the Gorilla's....one was a 800 lb Silver Back male Gorilla and the Asian Elephants get fed and the zookeeper told about each animal and answers any questions you had. It was a wonderful experience and because it was a cooler day (in the mid 70's) the animals were incredibly active. We all agreed we had never seen so much animal activity at any zoo as we saw today.

We did a lot of walking and also rode the raised monorail around the zoo which is certainly a different look at everything plus the fact you are going through the beautiful trees. We attempted to go and feed the giraffe (you buy a cup of lettuce for $1.00) but the line was way to long and by this time we were exhausted. We boarded the monorail to head for the stop by the front gate so we could head on home. It was a glorious day and we were all very tired little boys and girls by this time. Now of course, since dinner, the trick is trying to stay awake until it's time to go to bed. Much love to all our family and friends. A special note: Happy Hanukkah to Howard & Nancy and all of their family......Bobbi, Jack, Roe and Herman that are celebrating this evening. Wish I was there with all of you!

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