Our babysitting days are coming to an end quickly, so we took the opportunity to go to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium with the girls today. The zoo is located in the city of Tacoma which is north of our Tumwater location.
From several areas in the zoo you can get a glimpse of Commencement Bay, which is part of Puget Sound. We never get tired of that view! We arrived about 10:00 and it was already getting warm outdoors. We brought a picnic lunch along with us to eat while we were in the zoo, as we saw many other visitors had done.
Most of the animals here are native to the Pacific Rim. The girls have been here many times and they knew just where they wanted to go first. They wanted to go to the aquarium first. We saw some great looking sharks at the underwater viewing area.
The small fish area had a great view of some seahorses. They were really large and very active. There was also a touch tank for the kids to be able to gently touch some underwater critters.
The grounds of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium are beautiful. There are many species of native plants on display, not to mention those amazing views! We could also see Mount Rainier clearly today.
The mountain was “out” today.
After we ate lunch we walked through the other areas at the zoo, looking at Arctic Fox, walrus, polar bear, monkey, elephant and a camel. Before leaving we stopped at the Kid’s Zone to let the girls play on the equipment for a while (and to let us have a rest).
By 2:00 we were hot, tired and thirsty. We stopped at McDonald’s on the way home for a cool refreshing ice cream treat.
It was another good day with the “Grands”. It appears that they will be heading back to daycare on September 1st and our job will be over for this summer. Mackenzie is really missing her own friends, and I can’t blame her. Hanging around with your little sister and Grandma and Papa all summer long is getting old now. She’s looking for people her own age!
Until next time…..so long for now!