The Land Down Under to the Plains of Africa

July 25, 2009

What seemed like no time later Dad and Mom were waking me up and prodding me out of bed to get dressed and ready to get on the road. I stumbled through getting dressed and finally started to wake up. We managed to get up and out on the road pretty quickly. I made it until we stopped for gas before dozing off for the drive ahead. By late morning we were at the zoo. We made out way towards Australia first stopping to see the otters, panda bears, and a tiger. Then it was into the land down under. There we saw all kinds of animals, among which there were birds, two kinds of kangaroos, and sheep. Here are some pictures of us taken in Australia.

The Kangaroos were right behind us.

The Kangaroos were right behind us.

Kangaroos

Kangaroos

While we were in there the animals were right there. You can see in the next picture that you could really get close to some of the animals. We went into the area with all kinds of different birds. I tried to get even closer to the bird after this picture but it ran off.

Checking out the Birds

Checking out the Birds

We also got a chance to feed the sheep in the zoo. When Mom got the food to feed the sheep they all mobbed around us. I liked feeding the sheep but Emma got scared. I enjoyed the chance to get near the animals, Emma, however, was a little more cautious.

Emma and the Sheep

Emma and the Sheep

Robbie Feeding the Sheep

Robbie Feeding the Sheep

By the Train Bear

By the Train Bear

After Australia we found a nice shady spot and had some lunch. Right by our picnic area there was a fan that was spraying water. I got all wet. Emma again was a little more careful but she did finally get close enough to get a little wet. After that we saw the train stop at the train station. Here’s a picture of Emma and I by the bear at the train station. Katie who had slept through the last half of Australia decided to wake up and have lunch with us. As you can see from the next picture she did enjoy her time at the zoo while she was awake too.

Katie at the Zoo

Katie at the Zoo

Welcome to Kenya

Welcome to Kenya

After lunch it was off to Africa. It was quite a long walk to get there but we finally made it there. Here we are getting ready to go in. As you can see we finally made it to Kenya and got a chance to learn a little bit about where Aunt Judy comes from. As we walked in we had to go over a long bridge that crossed over some train tracks. We crossed this bridge, which was on quite the incline several times and I finally got a chance to see a train going under us the third time. As we headed into Africa my main goal was to see a crocodile. As you may remember I had seen one outside the Rainforest Cafe and I was quite anxious to see a real one. On the way there we saw quite a few other animals. We saw Hippos, African Hunting Dogs, Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Ostrich, and tortoises.

Africa

Africa

Finally we made it to the crocodiles. They had some pictures of some on the wall of the room they were in that were very big, but the ones that were in there were not as big. One of them was in the water and the other one was over by the rocks.  I learned that crocodiles will attack baby hippos, which I thought was very sad. But they won’t get the adult ones so the babies are safe if they stay with their moms. After the crocodiles we also saw a bunch of chimpanzees. One of them was little sitting by two adult ones. The little guy was being very silly with some lettuce hanging out of his mouth and goofing off. One of the adult chimpanzees had a stone he was holding and looked like he was thinking of throwing it but then didn’t. After watching them for a few minutes we were off again. We got to see a lion and rhinos. Here’s a picture of one of the hippos that we saw.

Hippo

Hippo

A little further along down the trail we tried to see if we could see the cheetahs but I guess they were all sleeping. While there we also learned a little about elephants from listening to one of the zoo keepers. Two of the elephants that were there were missing one of their tusks. When asked what happened she said that one of them had run into something and broke it off but they didn’t know what had happened to the other elephants tusk. She did tell us however, that when they break their tusks all the way off they won’t grow back. I found this a little concerning as the elephants were eating and holding their food with their tusks. So it seemed to me that if they broke both of them off they wouldn’t have anything to hold their food with. Fortunately they all had at least one tusk. We also got a chance to learn a little bit about birds. Here’s a picture of Emma and I seeing what its like to hatch out of an egg. We also got to ride on the boat through Africa. Most of the animals were taking naps but we did get to see a few from our boat.

Elephants

Elephants

Hatching

Hatching

Jumping through the hoop

Jumping through the hoop

After Africa we headed off to see the Sea Lion Show. That was really fun. The sea lions swam around in the water and did all kinds of tricks. One of them jumped up and touched a ball with his nose. The ball was 10 feet high in the air. It made a really big splash. As you can see here he also jumped through a hoop and stood on his hand fins.They also were really good at catching fish from very far away. Every time we clapped they walked really silly. We also got to hear them bark. They sounded kind of like a dog. Handstand

After the sea lions we checked out the amazon exhibit and got to see several different kinds of monkeys. Some of them were playing and swinging around on the ropes. The nice part about this exhibit was that it was inside and so it was cooler. Overall we had a good time at the zoo and then it was off to our hotel room to get a quick rest before the ballgame. We got there and Emma and I got to share the couch bed. We tried to take naps but had slept some in the van and were just too excited to sleep. After a little bit we stopped to get dinner. On the way there a lot of police cars drove by us with their sirens on. They stopped close to where we were eating but we couldn’t see what they were doing. After dinner we headed over to Kauffman Stadium to catch a Royals vs. Rangers game. Of course we were all decked out in our Rangers apparel and ready to cheer them on. We were running a little behind though so I had to run to from the car and tripped. We made it there only missing the first half of the first inning. We enjoyed seeing the Rangers beat Grienke. After the game it was back to our room for showers and bed. I was exhausted and it didn’t take me long to fall asleep. Overall it was a really good day. Here’s a picture of Katie at her first game.

Cheering for the Rangers

Cheering for the Rangers

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