Saturday, March 20, 2010
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Benjamin and Matthew hangin' out on the firetruck...this was seconds before Matthew pushed Benjamin off the truck while laughing...don't feel too bad for Ben - he smashed (literally) Matthew's hand in a door earlier that morning (I have a feeling these two will be like brothers)
I highly recommend the Lafayette Zoo (www.zooofacadiana.org) for a day trip from Lake Charles. This Friday Ben and I, along with a few of our friends, spent the day at the zoo. I was not expecting too much; people had told me it was a small zoo...but I was pleasantly surprised with the wooded setting and variety of animals. We left LC around 9 am, and by the time we got to the zoo (11 am - we were traveling with a very new baby who was hungry!) most of the school field trips were over and the "big" kids were heading out. We saw lions, bears and a few different species of monkeys before sitting down in the shade to enjoy lunch. After lunch we were impressed by some very large and equally lethargic alligators, a spotted leopard, a small petting zoo (featuring llamas, roosters, a pig, a donkey, a horse, etc...), a beautiful wolf, giraffes, lots more monkeys and birds galore. We just missed the train (closes every day at noon), but we did manage to play a bit on the playground and sit on the firetruck. The kids fell asleep as before we even got back on the interstate home. All in all, it was a great trip that I intend to make often this summer -- Benjamin loved the animals and riding in the wagon; I really enjoyed the laid back, not too crowded, shaded atmosphere.
Me and Benjamin