Thursday, December 23, 2010
Awesome Safari day… Day 769 23DEC10
Joshua had an extra special day today. One of Renee's childhood friends, Dawn, who works at Busch Gardens gave us tickets for the day. So we got up extra early, packed a lunch and headed out for the park. The boys were full on from the moment their feet touched the parking lot. Jarrod rode every roller coaster, he even talked me into riding with him :) Joshua who is still slightly vertically challenged rode everything that he could.
Right before lunch Colleen who is Dawn's sister, also a childhood friend of Renee's, and works for Busch Gardens called Renee to tell her that she had arranged for all of us to take a safari ride right after lunch. The boys were thrilled! We sat down and ate our sandwiches and then got ready to go on safari. We climbed aboard a large truck and drove out into the animal enclosure where the boys saw lots of cool critters like zebras, and ostriches, and white rhinos with adorable baby rhinos. The highlight for all of us was a chance to interact with and feed the reticulated giraffes. They were literally right with us and one even licked Renee's hair. They are amazing and gentle creatures with big eyes and amazingly talented tongues. It was fantastic! As soon as we were done it was back to the animals and coasters.
The afternoon was a blur of walking, queuing, and subjecting ourselves to crazy G loads. Joshua kept at it the whole time, never slowing down for a moment. We ended the evening with a nighttime train ride around the entire park before heading back to the car.
Joshua crashed on the way home and I think Jarrod was fighting to stay awake as well. When we got home we fixed a quick dinner and then collapsed on the couch to watch our Bolts play against the Rangers. Renee and I were the only ones who made it to the end of the game :)
A huge thanks to both Dawn and Collen for a wonderful day filled with memories the boys will not soon forget.