Lions, Tigers, and Bears!

We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo yesterday with Kristin & her kiddos! 

It really is a neat zoo – tucked into the mountains.  You walk up some pretty steep paths which is a nice workout for the legs!  We hadn’t been since Johnny was really young. So this was his first time being old enough to really experience it. 

Here we are next to the giant giraffe statue near the entrance.  He did fine up until about this point.  :)

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He wasn’t too keen about the giraffes sticking their tongues through the fence on the bridge… but he dealt with it ok.

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Then a really tall giraffe stuck his head over the fence and started to come towards Johnny.  He. was. terrified. 

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It took lots of mama & Fisher hugs before he settled down.

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We just had to leave the giraffe area because any time one of them looked at him, he screamed.  He also did this in the Budgie Birds room, and any time a random peacock walking around the zoo came near him. 

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Turns out he likes to view animals from a very safe distance, with glass or a cage in between.

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Johnny got to ride a few rides at the zoo – which was his first time ever!  There was a loose peacock in the train area, and you can see how Johnny felt about that in this picture. 

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Something about this next pictures makes me choke up.  They just look so grown up.  You know, like they are having a conversation on the subway or something.

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After the train ride, it was pretty much impossible to get Johnny back in his stroller.  He did *ok* walking around by himself, at least for a while.

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This was the bear exhibit.  There is a big pond stocked with enormous fish that you can see from the viewing area.  Johnny would tap on the glass and these huge fish would swing around and come towards him.  Again, terrified screams.  But he didn’t want to leave!  He loves fish.  Just apparently when they aren’t swimming towards him like they want to eat him.  (As a side note, I have no idea why these shorts are so long… they are a size 2T but they look like man-pris!)

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If I’m being truly honest, this is the main reason I come to the zoo.  Regardless of a dairy allergy, when I see dippin’ dots I have absolutely ZERO self control. 

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Johnny was a fan for sure.

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While we were eating, this little bird hopped over next to us.  Apparently, he wasn’t threatening enough to warrant screams.  However, Johnny did start yelling “a BEER! a BEER!” (how he says bird).  It really doesn’t matter where we are, it is always entertaining when he yells about birds (and horses or “whores” as he calls them).

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THEN we ate lunch.  Why not have dessert before lunch some times?  Gotta live a little.

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(Yes, this is a Camelbak drinking tube… my pack was below and there is a convenient hole in the side of his stroller where it fits through.  Handy!)

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After lunch we rode the carousel – another first! 

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I was a little worried because when I try to get Johnny to ride the mechanical horses at King Soopers, he screams. I took one step towards putting him on a horse and he wanted nothing to do with it. So we found a sleigh and he still got to enjoy the experience.

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After going through the monkey and gorilla house, this guy was d.o.n.e.

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So we said goodbye to the zoo for now.

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When we got in the car (two hours after nap time) he was asleep within 5 minutes.  Snoring within 10. And drooling spit bubbles within 15.  That’s when you know it’s been a good day!

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