The Zoo Crew

Part Two of the Redick/Pickvet 10-day trip to Portland: One of the big days for us was zoo day. You see, my family is becoming quite the zoo connoisseurs. Wherever we visit, we check out the zoo. It’s sort of a given nowadays.

Me, Mom and tired Macy sitting on a hippo

Me, Mom and tired Macy sitting on a hippo

It was day seven of amazing weather. Eighties, sunny, bug-free, perfect. Somehow my family lucked out, getting ten straight days of awesomeness. Anyway, we headed over to the nearby Oregon Zoo, perched high in the forest of Washington Park. The 124-year-old zoo – the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi – boasts 260 species, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears (who were off-duty that day).

The best part of the outing was my three-old-niece Ava, who LOVES animals. (Mostly dinosaurs, if that counts.) And she knows them all – it warms your heart watching her get so excited over everything. She hopped from exhibit to exhibit as we logged five whole hours in the park. We saw an elephant paint a picture for a family (made me think of my elephant trainer friend Karissa), fed Lorikeets nectar from paper cups, marveled at graceful underwater creatures, and ate more junk food. And after a long day at the zoo, the only logical thing was to relax with some cheap beers and jukebox tunes at Silver Dollar Pizza Sportsbar.

A bear taking a little bath

A bear taking a little bath

Friendly beaver waving to Ava

Friendly beaver waving to Ava

Sisters posing for a pic after lunch

Sisters posing for a pic after lunch (Macy looks enthused.)

Grandpa scooping up a giggling Ava

Grandpa scooping up a giggling Ava

Rama the elephant - who we watched for 30+ minutes

Rama the elephant – who we watched for 30+ minutes

Rama the elephant painting a picture by spraying paint (shown) and using a paintbrush

Rama the elephant painting a picture by spraying paint (shown) and using a paintbrush

Ava talking to the elephant with her dad

Ava talking to the elephant with her dad

Proud Mr. and Mrs. Lion

Proud Mr. and Mrs. Lion

Ava protecting her little lion cub

Ava protecting her little lion cub

Gotta love those docile little goats

Gotta love those docile little goats

Bats! Creepers.

Bats! Creepers.

Lori and her namesake birds

Lori and her namesake birds

Ava warming up to the ultra-friendly little birds

Ava warming up to the ultra-friendly little birds

Mom feeding those greedy Lorikeets

Mom feeding those greedy Lorikeets

Amazing aquarium creatures!

Amazing aquarium creatures!

Leave it to Jeff and Cory to buy us Miller High Life

Leave it to Jeff and Cory to buy us Miller High Life

Lori and Jeff chilling at Silver Dollar Pizza Sportsbar

Lori and Jeff chilling at Silver Dollar Pizza Sportsbar

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