^^Ben decided to match the elephants for the day 🙂
^shoes: Nine West // pants: Vince // chambray: lands end // camera bag; Jill-E Designs (win one here)
^my excited face // bens “i’m tolerating my wife’s excessive need for pictures” face
^Even if its before lunch, when the zoo sells UDF soft serve, you indulge
^me vs. a gorilla
^if monkeys did yoga…
^^I wanted to bring this guy home with me – I’m going to be a sucker with kids. #illworkonthat
Ben’s parents got into town Friday night and we’ve been having lots of fun hosting them here in Cincinnati. Its the very first time they’ve ever come to stay with us (living in Utah the past two years meant that whenever they came to visit they could stay with other family). On Saturday we spent the morning at the Cincinnati Zoo and it was a first for all of us. My father-in-law, an apparent expert on zoos, reports that ours is nicer than most, and I love that its nestled right into the city. I also loved that they serve all of Cincy’s favorite chains instead of low quality attraction food. The pizza was La Rosa’s, the ice cream was UDF, and they even had Skyline Chili (which we passed on).
I couldn’t help but think back to that Dr. Seuss book, “I Wish that I had Duck Feet.” You know the one where the kid wants to have all the different animal parts and eventually they have to put him in the zoo? You spend the book thinking it might be so cool to have duck feet or useful to have an elephant trunk, and then you realize how awful it would be to sit behind bars and have people point and stare at you all day. It makes me wonder why we think its okay to round up a bunch of animals and lock them in cages for our viewing convenience. Except for the manatees – did you know Cincinnati is one of two places outside Florida that they rehabilitate manatees? And while they do it, we get up close and personal.
Interestingly, visiting the farm last month with a few of the animals available for petting, had no such effect on me