If we'd been smart, we would've planned to leave the zoo by 11:30 or 12, avoiding the heat entirely and getting the kids home in time for a decent lunch and nap. But the zoo is big, and somehow we ended up on the far side of it at 11:30, with the petting zoo still to go. So by the time everything was done, everyone was exhausted. We'll try to time it better next time. But despite that, I think quite a bit of fun was had by all. My favorite animals this time were the giraffes -- I think last year, when we got the zoo membership, we only went on cold, wintry days, when the animals were mostly inside. Yesterday, the giraffes were wandering around outside a much larger outdoor enclosure, and they were just tall and serene and magical. Love.
Our membership comes with a free guest pass every visit, so local friends, consider this an invitation -- if you feel like going and visiting some giraffes, drop me a line. (We also have six additional guest passes, so can occasionally take a larger group, if you want to bring partner(s) / friends / kids.) I had to threaten Kavi that if she didn't let us leave and take Anand home for his nap, we might never go to the zoo again -- that was the only way I could persuade her to actually leave the place, despite her being hungry, tired, and hot. So, y'know, I probably ought to take her back there.