Our favorite zoo in the area is in Omaha, approximately three hours from here. It has been a desire on Mom’s heart to go to the zoo with the little girls. With all of our schedules and other items, it just wasn’t working out. A week ago Friday, Mary had the idea to go to the zoo as a special Mother’s Day outing. She talked to family members, planned, worked on schedules, and planned some more. In the meantime, she was able to keep it a complete secret.
Nathan wasn’t able to come due to his work, and Melanie, with being careful of her activity level, couldn’t join us, but they said Abby and Bethany could.
Thursday was a beautiful day. The drive was uneventful, and we had a picnic in the van as we approached Omaha. After we unloaded and tickets were purchased, we were ready.
First stop: orangutans!
Looking at the orangutans.
These cute little guys were a definite mischievous duo. They took turns threading part of their rope out of the cage, as if they were fishing for the zoo spectators.
We moved on. We were glad the gorilla was on the other side of the glass. He was huge!
Abby had hoped to be able to pet a goat, and she did! Children definitely love the petting zoo.
One special treat was the train. It was an old-fashioned, train engine, with several open passenger “cars.” We had a nice ride around the zoo and observed prairie dogs, rhinos, giraffes, and other animals.
We visited the desert which was an interesting, dome-covered building.
The main reason we took the zoo trip!
Aunt and Niece.
The giraffes were a special part of our visit.
Anna took the camera to grab this picture.
Anna was taking a cell phone picture, so I took this shot.
This concludes Part 1, about half of the pictures we chose. Part 2 will follow in the next day or two!
“I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”