For those who don’t know us well, I’ll just go ahead and tell ya that David and I are huge baseball fans. I grew up at a ball field. I played softball and my brother played travel baseball so we were at a ball field just about every weekend. I love everything about the game. The crack of a bat against the ball gives me this warm fuzzy feeling way down deep inside.
We ended up leaving the zoo late in the afternoon and went to the hotel to check in. We stayed at the Double Tree at Union Station. This place is absolutely amazing! When we walked in the lobby Raley said “It’s booo-tiful!” The only downside to this hotel is you have to pay $20/night just for parking. So that was an extra expense on top of the hotel rate. But we booked pretty early and got an amazing deal.
|The view from our seats|
The next morning we ate breakfast at the breakfast buffet at the hotel (definitely overpriced btw) and then headed to Grant’s Farm. We had actually planned on getting there when it opened at 9:30 but we ended up sleeping later and breakfast took longer than expected so we got there a little after 11:00. The place is really cute and fun once you finally get in but we had to wait in a long line in the sun in order to get on a tram that takes you on a 15 minute ride around the property in order to get to the actual park. So that was definitely frustrating for all of us because pregnant ladies and almost 2 year olds don’t like standing still in the hot sun for almost an hour. Once we got into the park it was fun and there were alot of cool animals to see. Raley loved talking to the birds, feeding the camels, and petting the goats. She even got to feed the baby goats a bottle, which she loved. Another thing I didn’t really care for is that there wasn’t really a place to go inside and cool off. There were a couple little places to eat but you had to eat outside. You also had to wait in line to get back on the tram to go back to the parking lot. Overall, I’d say that if it weren’t so hot and if we had gotten there when it opened like we had planned then it would have been a much more enjoyable experience.
|Budweiser Clydesdales at Gran’ts Farm|
|I loved all the German decor and architecture|
The next morning we had planned on just getting up and driving home but we loved the zoo so much on Friday we had to go back! We considered doing the botanical gardens before leaving but we figured we would all enjoy the zoo more. We started at the opposite end of where we started the first day so that baby girl would get to see the animals she missed before. We got there shortly after it opened so alot of the animals were awake and playful. She LOVED the bears and she was very excited to see the hippos, monkeys, and elephants that she didn’t get to see before. She also got to pet sting rays and I was so glad she got to see the polar bear awake and playing.
The drive home took about 6 hours but we had a couple stops to make on the way back into town so we didn’t end up getting home til late. It was definitely a tiring trip but we had an amazing time. These are two beautiful and fun cities and I would love to go back at some point in the future.
Oh and by the way, we got a car DVD player for the trip and I firmly believe that it is the best purchase we have ever made. She watched all kinds of different movies and it kept her entertained the entire time. It’s not something we plan on using every time we’re in the car, but it is definitely worth the money for long trips.