Lanie and Jamie arrived at our apartment around 9:15 with the girls and after exchanging cars with Lanie (we needed a van) the 6 of us were on our way to Lake Tobias. We only arrived at 10:45 but the girls had fun on the drive. We had to wait about 40 minutes to get in the open air bus to go on the safari ride, but fortunately there were animals to feed while we waited. The girls enjoyed the ride and the opportunity to feed many different animals.
|Waiting for the safari ride! Love these girls!|
|Katelyn had no fear and loved feeding the animals!|
|Sam was a bit tentative at first, but that didn't last very long!|
|Hey, where is the food??? I'm waiting!|
|Just put the food on my tongue and I won't bite you!!!!|
|Like I said, Katelyn had no fear!!!|
|What a cute little baby!|
|The water buffalo were loving the muddy water hole!|
|That's the type bus used for the safari ride!|
|A baby bison!|
|I'm coming. Please have food for me!|
|Thanks for the treat!!!|
After the ride, we went to watch the reptile show and while there they got to pet a snake and an alligator. Some interesting animals to see in that building.
|They were intrigued by the little monkeys!|
|This gal told us all about this porcupine!|
|...and then we learned about this turtle.|
|Then information about the alligators.|
Their favorite part of the whole experience was the enclosed petting zoo where all the animals were free to move around. They loved petting the miniature pony and feeding all the goats, especially the baby ones.
|The goats loved following the girls around the petting zoo!|
|I think Samantha has a friend!|
|The miniature pony was Bria's favorite!|
|So many baby goats!|
|Again, Katelyn loves feeding the animals!|
|Time to brush the pony!|
We did stop to check out some of the larger animals at the zoo area -
|..... the monkey|
|...and of course the sleepy tiger!|
We left the zoo area at 1:45 to head to the pavilion area to enjoy our picnic lunch and spend some time on the playground. We had to leave earlier than planned because Bria and Cali's swim meet was cancelled last night due to a storm and was rescheduled for tonight. We took Bria and Cali to their house by 4:15 and then drove Samantha and Katelyn to our apartment where they had a fun time playing.
|Lunch was a success. I think we brought there favorite|
PaPa and Grandma special treats!
|Samantha enjoyed being upside down!|
We left at 5:15 to go to McDonald's for a Happy Meal before going to the swim meet in Ephrata. Lanie joined us there at 6:30 and after watching a few of the events, the 3 of them left to go back home. Ken and I stayed for the whole meet and are amazed at the swimming ability of Bria and Cali.
|Jamie and Bria must be planning strategy for this race!|
|And a hug for good luck!|
|Getting ready to go!|
|I think this is her "game face"!|
|A good race for Miss Bria!|
|Cali takes a bit more of a relaxed approach!|
|But she is a serious competitor when she hits the water!|
|The butterfly certainly gives her some shoulder muscles!|
|....and Cali is the 2nd leg of the relay!|
We were home at 9:00 and went right to bed for these grandparents were very tired, but what a special and memorable day!