Monday, September 14, 2009

portland zoo - stop #1

I'll be honest.  I am not usually a fan of the zoo.

For one, I am not much of an animal lover.  don't hate.  I must have gotten burnt out from childhood.  We had all kinds of mangy creatures, usually under-cared for, and almost always could later be found on the family dinner table.  

Not only that, the zoo just doesn't hold much fascination for me.  All the times we've been to the San Diego zoo, I usually get all moody that we have to walk up and down so many hills just to see empty cages because the animals are sleeping or feeding.

But, kids can change a lot of things.  When my kids get excited, the energy is somehow transferred to me and any activity becomes a fun one (even when you drove 16 hours the night before and you really just want to snooze).

I must say, the Portland Zoo was a delight.  Charming (which is always a plus), shady, not too overwhelming, and we could enjoy the company of good friends.



One highlight for me was capturing everyone getting heckled by the goats.


8 comments:

Jay and Gwen Sessions said...

Those animals look delicious...should be on your table. When we would take you to the zoo, you kids liked it so much.....we left you there.

collette crew said...

oh I missed you my friend! I feel like I haven't read you in months. what fun pictures! I can't wait to see more- bring em on! glad you had a fun time (and glad you are back).

merideth said...

love the pictures. so good.

Oler Family said...

What great pictures! I can really appreciate a good zoo. The one in my city is a glorified petting zoo!! no kidding..when you walk in the first cage is full of guinea pigs.

sheena said...

LOVE these photos!!

that looks like a giant scary hand about to grab the children, and I am dying over Jack's face in the goat photo. priceless.

Marie said...

I LOVE the Portland Zoo too! We've been twice while on vacation and I hope to return soon!!!

annie said...

beautiful pics. looks like you had a great time! : )

California Roney's said...

Oh Ali, I love all these pictures. I have so many favorite. The family photo of you looking at Jack and him sticking out his tongue, just adorable! And I love the picture of Troy with the two kids walking on the side with the reflections in the water, so cute!! Glad you had a fun time!!!