Sunday, June 29, 2008

Zoo Campout

Saturday night was the date for our long anticipated campout at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Kellan had been marking off the days on the calendar all week. The weather could not have been better. We packed up our tent, sleeping bags, and a few other necessities and headed for the zoo.

First step was setting up the tent. I'm an old pro if I may say so myself. We picked out a spot near the lemurs (my favourite!) and set up camp for the night. We were the only "single parent" family there, but were snapping photos and lounging around our tent while everybody else was still trying to figure out their poles! I even had to go and help another family who came to ask for assistance. Here are a few photos of our "home" for the night.

Notice our tent back there while everybody else is still attempting to sort their gear. We went for a wander after we'd finished goofing around the tent.

Kel found some new friends. I went to the restroom and returned to find this little set up outside of our tent. Ominous.

After requesting that the door be unzipped, I caught this photo of Kel's new friends. Lots of boys. And nobody in this picture belongs to me!

Kel, drink in hand, explaining the tent full of boys situation.

At last, camp is set up! We all headed off for dinner, followed by a twilight hike and behind the scenes tour of the zoo.

Later still, there was a movie and popcorn.

We slept! Kel even slept in. It had been a busy evening and a late night. The animals weren't too rowdy, just a squeak or a squeal every so often. And the owls. I enjoyed listening to the owls and watching the stars out of the tent's screened roof. I asked Kel if he could see a lot of stars and he simply rolled over, saying, "I'm really tired, Mommy". Zonk. I was up well before him in the morning and took a couple of cute photos. The new head injury is from a fall the previous evening. Its always something.

Breakfast was delicious! Pancakes coming off the griddle faster than we could eat them. Biscuits and gravy, fruit salad. It was fabulous.

After breakfast, we hiked around and enjoyed the morning with some new friends. It was a wonderful zoo and camping experience, start to finish.

1 comment:

Dillman Family said...

Looks like a lot of fun. We will have to do a camping weekend together sometime. The kids would have a blast and we can stay up drinking mojitos around the campfire after they go to bed. :)