Saturday, August 29, 2009

Snapshots of a Saturday: Zoo Edition

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I'd love to have you join my new photo meme! Here's the rules (they're easy, I promise!):

*Any photos you post must be your own.
*Nothing vulgar or obscene, please.
*Mr. Linky will go live late Friday night and you'll have as long as you like to post your link.
*Try to post pictures of your Saturday adventures, but if you have another day you'd rather share, feel free.
*The photos don't have to be from the same day you post. They can be a recent adventure, or something from long ago.
*No subject is too mundane. If you'd like to share, we want to enjoy!
*Please link back to LOTHF by grabbing the header from above. Thanks!

That's about it. I hope this will inspire us to take our cameras EVERYWHERE (well, almost) in case of spontaneous adventure.

Last weekend Ron and I took the kiddos on a mini-vacation. We live just over an hour from Waco, TX, but had never visited there. The town has lots of museums and other kid-friendly things to do, some of which I wrote about in my previous posts.

On Saturday we started out at the Cameron Park Zoo. Cameron Park is large complex of fun stuff like a frisbee golf course, splash pad, etc...and the zoo, of course. I wish we could have explored more of it. I think a family could spend an entire day there!

As a little background before I show my photos: We used to read our kids Bill Peet books all the time when they were little. He wrote and illustrated wonderful stories about crazy animals and people. But one of our favorites was a true story that he wrote about his family. It was called Capyboppy, and it was about how his son raised a Capybara until it too big for their family to handle. Then they donated it to a local zoo. My older daughter, who is 12, has loved Capybaras since that time and has always wanted to see one in person. The Dallas Zoo used to have one, but it died of old age before we were able to visit it.

When we set out for the zoo last Saturday, she asked the familiar question, "Does this zoo have a capybara?" I had searched the zoo's website and didn't find any mention of one, so I told her that it didn't look like it. Well, I think you can guess where this is going. We hadn't been there long when I turned around and spotted this:
What a surprise! My daughter was so thrilled. We must have stood there for a good fifteen minutes just watching it. (And all it was doing was laying there.) I wish that it hadn't been behind that tight chain-link fence. It's so hard to get a good picture that way. Here's a pic I found on the web:
And how cute is this!!
Here's the sign from the zoo for those of you who might have never heard of a capybara:
I got some great pics on the rest of our visit, but frankly, we could have left right after the capybara and still say we had a great time!

Thanks for visiting the zoo with us! Hope you have a great weekend!


Rachel said...

Great pictures here!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

I have enjoyed looking around your blog today. You have a beautiful family, and I'm so happy to see that you love the Lord. We aren't just SITS sisters. :)

Amy said...

HOw fun. I loved the Bear. He was so cute. Great pictures of the family...

Sarah said...

Love all the pictures of the animals - and the ones at the zoo, too! HA - just kidding. Your pics are so clear and vibrant...beautiful.

Hope your weekend is going well!

the ungourmet said...

Darn it I keep forgetting my snapshots over here! I will get with it, I promise. I love it!
I need to write myself a reminder.

Great zoo! Great zoo photos too! ;0)

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