Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hogle Zoo

Happy Birthday to me this week. I turned 31 on Tuesday, April 23rd. I had an AWESOME birthday. Brandon got me the external hard drive I asked for. Wahoo. Now we can finally back up all the pictures since Mckinley was born which as of right now are on this computer and this computer only. I am VERY excited about that.
My birthday really was wonderful. It is hit or miss, and this one was one of the best. Mckinley was so cute and so excited to show me where my presents were in the morning. She was so excited it was my birthday and even came up to me in the bathroom while I was getting ready and said "Mom, I'm so glad it's your birthday." She is so adorable.
We met up with Brandon for lunch and then my mom had us over for dinner. We finished off the night watching Hunger Games. I absolutely love that movie.
Anyway, what I really wanted to do for my birthday was go to the zoo. We decided to wait a few days for better weather and I'm so glad we did. The weather was perfect and it was the best zoo trip I've ever had. We got there really early and the animals were all out and moving around. The day was just perfect.
Waiting to go inside...
There is a cute baby giraffe and all four of the giraffes were out walking around and eating and stuff. It was really cool.
Mckinley got to ride the carousel and had a blast.
Proof that Kallie and Tyler were there. They didn't make it into too many pictures but they were awesome angel babies just chilling and sleeping in their car seats in their stroller. It was such a fun family trip!
I had to get a picture of her by the classic Lion drinking fountain. This brings back so many memories of being a kid.
The first time we passed the tiger it was just laying under its shelter sleeping but when we came back around it got up and walked all over it's entire enclosure and took a drink of water. It was really fun to see it in action.
Mckinley tells everyone her favorite "aminal" was the "efelant." It's a surprising answer though since the polar bear was so awesome. 
We ended up going to the polar bear exhibit three times I think. It seriously seemed like the Polar Bear was trained to do what it was doing. It kept swimming up to the glass wall and back. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen. This is Mckinley right by it when it came up to the window.
Seriously, it was so fun to watch. We got some pretty sweet videos. You can see them HERE and  HERE.
These comparison pictures didn't work out as well as I had hoped since the old one was for the gorilla and this one was for an orangutan but you get the idea.
Me and Mckinley now.
Me and Mckinley two years ago, the last time we were at the zoo.
After the zoo we decided to check out the new City Creek Center in Salt Lake. It is a pretty cool place.
We seriously had such a fun day. It was so great to have Brandon take off work and have a nice relaxing day together. We will definitely go next year. Hogle Zoo is working on a 5-acre African Savannah and I think it's going to be pretty sweet! It should be done next year sometime.