Looking Into a Giraffe’s Eyes

Peter and I recently celebrated our 4 year anniversary with a 4 day weekend.  We always take a trip or vacation for our anniversary.  This year was a little different since we had just moved, didn’t have much time off, and decided to just make it simple with having Abby.  In the past, our anniversary vacations usually took place up North / New England. 

  • Honeymoon = Great Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, TN)
  • 1st Anniversary = Vermont and New Hampshire
  • 2nd Anniversary = Maine and Quebec
  • 3rd Anniversary = Connecticut
  • 4th Anniversary = Richmond Metro Zoo, Downtown Fredericksburg, Round Hill Farms Pumpkin Patch, and Shenandoah National Park

We started with the Richmond Metro Zoo on a beautiful, sunny day with my side of the family (no, the following picture is not my side of the family).  It’s a nice sized zoo which is bigger than the small zoo from back home, but smaller than the Philly Zoo and other major zoos.  It was a nice in-between.  The animals seemed well-kept and had a lot of space to roam around.   



I forget what these things were called (they had a billion trillion gazillion different types of monkey species!)



These guys were just sitting around, chillin.



The giraffe exhibit was so neat – we were eye level with the giraffes and could feed them food out of your hand if you wanted.  They are really beautiful animals!




They have such big, pretty eyes (and long eyelashes too).


My humps, my humps, my humps.


Sure, you can see these birds at any pet store, but it made it cooler being at the zoo.  You can purchase a food stick for $1 and have the birds eat it from your hand, arm, etc.


Pretty bird, pretty bird.


The lonely, disheveled penguin (Hey Brit, it’s a pin-guin).


Love this picture.  Abby watching the giraffes.  🙂


Laughing at the giraffes!


These chimpanzees were amazing to watch with their little chimp.  The human resemblance in their actions is amazing.  I could have watched them all day long.


Beautiful snow leopard.  It threw up right after I took this picture.


The Zookeepers


Uh-oh.  Somebody doesn’t want to leave the zoo just yet!


After the zoo, we all headed back to Chris and Jennifer’s place to hang out and have grilled turkey burgers for dinner.  Abby got to play with Uncle Chris and Aunt Jennifer!



And then Miss Abby was tuckered out from the busy day while everyone enjoyed dinner. 


More on our long anniversary weekend to come soon.


About virginiaisformaugles

My name is Jenn. I'm enjoying life in my thirties, being a mom to a beautiful and silly little girl, and happily married to my park ranger husband. We recently sold our house in Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia and bought a new home. I'm excited to get accustomed to our new home base and explore all the surrounding areas! I'm a pharma data analyst by day, a lullabye-singin' mommy by night. We also have a beagle named Sophie and a large-girthed cat named Nacho. Things I like: family togetherness, nature, hiking, movies, photography, reading, planning and organizing, exploring, music, biking, jogging, etc.

Posted on October 23, 2011, in Fests and Events, Nature and Scenery and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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