As today was a warm and pleasant day, we decided to take a trip to the zoo. Normally, while there, we make an attempt at seeing everything, but due to crowds and our desire to visit the new Historic Vine Street Village entrance, we kept outdoors, seeing everything from lions, to tigers, to bears, oh my!
It was a great day to be walking around outdoors, stretching our legs, getting fresh air and enjoying the sun (slathered in sunscreen of course) while getting some exercise in. Because we didn't go inside many of the animal houses, save for the manitees, we stuck to the outside of the zoo, only zigging through when we were ready to leave, to see the zebras, cheetahs, and rhinos. The Zoo is also filled with gardens (there is a reason it is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens). While leaving the Vine Street Village, I had the pleasure of seeing this beauty:
I was fascinated by the variegations in the colors, as the flowers were red and yellow in the same cluster. I could see planting this specimen (though I cannot remember the name of it) in a garden of my own someday.
Because it was warm and sunny out, halfway through our visit we stopped for drinks, and of course, some soft-serve United Dairy Farmers ice cream topped with sprinkles. Allen and I shared this cup and some water. It was delicious and hit the spot, being creamy, smooth, and chocolatey (and vanilla, it was a cup of swirl).
I think the highlight of my day was when we were headed to Giraffe Ridge. At Giraffe Ridge, if you happen to be at the zoo at the right time, you have the opportunity to feed a giraffe. That's right, feed a giraffe. The zoo has four giraffes, and two of the beauties were right up at the feeding station, waiting for their crackers. What we were given to feed the giraffes were small crackers that looked like a hybrid between a triscuit and a graham cracker, and were about the size of a large saltine. The giraffes saw you coming up with a cracker and were eager for their treats. We couldn't scratch their heads, because they don't like it, but I did get licked by the giraffe who got my cracker, and it was adorable.
Feeding the giraffe was the icing on the cake today, and I would totally do it again if given the chance.