Sunday, April 17, 2011

Abilene, Day Two

Sunday morning dawned windy – this is West Texas after all – and we planned to spend the morning at the Abilene Zoo. The zoo wasn’t open when we arrived, but luckily the park was! All 6 of us played for almost an hour at this park – oh my it was fun! It was designed to be a frontier town complete with bank, jail, and mountain to climb.

Doesn't this look interesting?

This jail was created for escapes!

Another daring escape

This is MT's idea of a 'mean guy face'

Oh no! Dad is taking MT to jail!
And she's in the air!

For years we used Abilene as a good halfway stop between our home and Dad’s parent’s home. We always stopped at this park and played at the playground when it was just a plain old playground. We never went to the zoo, so this was a first for our family. Several of the animals were put up for the winter, but in the water birds exhibit a flock of ducks was visiting. Due to the wind, the nearby pond was too choppy for them to land, but the bird exhibit was sheltered and therefore perfect for a rest!

Between the zoo and the park was this pond. The wind was strong enough that you could feel an occasional spray from the pond while inside the zoo!
The geese are part of the exhibit, everyone else is a visitor - I think... Oh the noise was something else!

A native West Texan, Dad wasn't bothered by the wind on the giraffe walk. The rest of us were getting blown around up there. Usually  you can feed the giraffes from here, but today they were staying low, out of the wind. Isn't the sky beautiful though? 

The curious zebra

We enjoyed the giraffe exhibit with its walk over bridge and the zebras made us feel as though we were on exhibit instead of them. A recently opened native exhibit was active with mountain lions, wild turkeys, and a river otter. The indoor reptile and bird exhibits were well-done and a nice break from the continual buffeting of the wind. The animals in all of the exhibits were active and curious like this lion cub, who ran over to us and climbed up to see if we would play. He was very cute, but I think that my boys might play a little rough for him! ~grin~
Want to play???

On the way home, we took the backroads and took a quick detour through Dinosaur Valley State Park. We have wanted to see this park, but just haven’t found the time, so we stopped to see if it would be something worth coming back to see, and ended up wading the afternoon away. We walked in dinosaur footprints, explored the creek, and made plans to return. Finally we headed home, a bit sandy and tired, but thankful for the family time over the weekend.

FRitW, enjoying the cool creek on this very warm day.

Big Brother, Little Brother

I included this one, just because it's cute.

The little guys

and the bigger ones

3 toed dinosaur print

another 3 toed dinosaur print

and more...

Oh, and yes, I did get my sugar!


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