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A Trip to the Zoo: Nashville Edition (with pictures!)

We are so blessed to have friends and family spread out throughout the country which awards us the opportunity to travel from here to there and there to here. My brother, who lives in North Carolina, was married this past spring and so we drove through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina on our journey. Along the way we were able to meet up with some friends in Nashville and spend a little time at their zoo. Here are some pictures I took during our trip:

Of the zoos you’ve been to, which is your favorite?

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A Trip to the Zoo: Omaha Edition (with pictures!)

In  last week’s installment of “A Trip to the Zoo” I shared some photos from our visit to the St. Louis Zoo. I have such a profound respect for animals and, for that reason, being able to take C to see and learn about them is important to me. I feel really fortunate that we’re within such close proximity of some of our nation’s best zoological parks. The zoo provides an opportunity to explore animals that we would never have a chance to see otherwise and I’m excited to be able to share that with C as she grows and learns throughout the years. All that said, we had the wonderful opportunity to drive up to the Omaha Zoo this past June to hang out with some of our friends from Manhattan, Kansas and to meet two new mommy friends who live in Nebraska. It was one of those wonderful days that I hope to repeat again someday (hint hint, M, K, & E!). Here are some photos from our trip:

Next time I’ll share some pictures from our visit to the Nashville Zoo (which, I promise, are better pictures). Until then…

What’s your favorite animal at the zoo?

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A Trip to the Zoo: St. Louis Edition (with pictures!)

I should have done this post a long time ago but I was just thumbing through the pictures from the trip we took at the end of September to meet up with my friend Becca (you can read her blog here) and her husband. The St. Louis Zoo is one of my absolute favorites and I hadn’t been since childhood.

This first picture was taken when we were at the “Penguin & Puffin Coast”. I really love how they have their exhibit set up. The chilled, indoor atmosphere is the ideal setting for these incredible animals and I imagine it’s a great place to chill out while visiting the zoo during the hot summer months that can be brutal in this area. As you can tell, C was just thrilled to see the penguins.

The rest of these pictures were taken at the various exhibits around the zoo. We were really lucky in that the weather was really nice and most of the animals were out.

I won’t deny that I giggled when I saw this:

We’ve been really lucky to have friends across the country and the zoo always seems like a great place to get together when you have little ones. This is the first installment of my “Zoo” posts. Next week, I’ll post our pictures from the Omaha Zoo trip we took in June (yes, we’re going out of order here).

What’s your favorite thing about the zoo?