On Sunday, my little family and I went to the zoo.
I must digress here and let it be known that the reason we did so much stuff over the weekend is because my brother-in-law Shawn and his wife Paola (and their two darling baby girls) were in town visiting. Normally, we are lazy bones. But having company motivated us to get out and about and experience some of the finer things Omaha has to offer.
So, as I was saying, on Sunday we went to the zoo. Omaha's zoo is awesome. Truly. I think we spent about 4 hours there and barely saw half of it. Plus, Shawn almost got peed on by a monkey. True story.
Our first stop was the "Skyfari", which flies you over the heart of the zoo. Scott went with the boys while I followed right behind with Ashley.
I spent the time being alternatively terrified that (i) Scott would lose his grip on the boys and they'd slide out; (ii) I would lose my grip on Ashley and she'd slide out; (iii) I'd lose my grip on my flip flops, camera and/or backpack and they'd slide out.
It was tense.
But look, we flew right over a giraffe!! That's cool.
Ashley was duly impressed.
Once we exited the Skyfari, we headed over to the elephants. There was one right at the edge of the enclosure, which was awesome.
Although Ashley didn't even notice because she was too busy freaking out about a bug crawling on the railing. "Ashley, there's an elephant!" "Mommy, there's a bug!" "I know, but Ashley, there's an elephant!" "But Mommy, there's a bug!" "Elephant!" "Bug!" "Elephant!" "Bug!" And so on and so forth.
We reached an impasse and moved on to the new exhibit - "Madagascar." It's basically an open exhibit with vines and branches stretching over the walkways so the monkeys can climb anywhere they want and cross right over your head. It's a pretty cool little exhibit. Unless you almost get peed on.
Luckily Shawn was quick and dodged the pee just in the nick of time. They should really put a sign up about that. "WARNING: MONKEYS HAVE BLADDERS AND THEY'RE NOT AFRAID TO USE THEM." They did have Purell available for you to use as you exited, but that's not gonna help someone who just got hit with a head full of monkey pee, just sayin'.
So next, we headed off to the gorilla house. I have to say, this was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had at the zoo. The gorillas were pretty active that day, so lots of people were crowding around the viewer windows. My crew and I headed to the very end to take a little breather from the crowds. So I was sitting there all by my lonesome in this little viewer window, when a silver back gorilla came RIGHT OVER. At first, he just stood there.
And then he came and sat NEXT to me right outside the window. People, there is no zoom on my camera. This giant gorilla was literally like six inches from my face.
I only took a couple pictures because I'm telling you, he and I had this thing going on. We just stared at each other for what felt like forever. I think maybe he had a crush on me. It was like King Kong revisited at the Henry Doorly Zoo. Too bad I'm already taken, because I thought he was kinda cute, too.
Then we went to the aquarium. Not much happened there, except for this cool picture I took of jelly fish.
Then we went and got some ice cream! Hooray!
Aidan was pleased.
We rounded out our day at the desert dome. It was hot hot hot in there. And there were lots of snakes. And bats. Ashley kept her eyes closed throughout the whole thing. But I made her open them for a mommy with kids shot.
Anyway, we had a blast. I can't wait to go back and check out the other half of the zoo soon.