Our Family Vacation to Houston Part 5
We then loaded up and headed to the Houston Zoo. We were glad we got there when it opened. It was actually somewhat cloudy that day, giving just a little respite from the heat. We found a parking spot in the shade and then stood there loading the kids up with sunscreen and grabbing water and such.
We really enjoyed the zoo! We have been to some really great zoos and wondered how this one would compare. The Houston zoo may not be the biggest we’ve ever seen, but there were so many different animals that we’d never seen before that it made the trip worthwhile.
The kids didn’t fare quite so well. Joy was still a little under the weather with a sore throat. They all had sores on their feet from all the walking and by one o’clock, we still hadn’t eaten. My husband will not pay the exorbitant prices at such places, but he wanted to see everything before we left so we wouldn’t have to go back. Finally, I put my foot down and said we needed to get out of the sun, sit down a while, and get some food. We were carting four little kids, and I am pregnant–for crying out loud! At that point I didn’t care about the one area of animals that we missed. We were near the exit and the kids and I had had it!
We got to our van to find the side door standing wide open! In all of our preparations to get everyone ready for the zoo SOMEONE, though no one will own up to it, failed to shut the door. We frantically checked for our things, fully expecting the van to be empty, but miraculously nothing was touched! A case of “all’s well that ends well” I suppose, though you can be sure we double and triple checked to make sure the doors were shut after that!
Our meal was not pleasant, but by the time everyone rested a little and got some food in them, spirits began to lift. I was glad I didn’t have any more outdoor activities planned for that day. We drove to a dollar theater and relaxed and enjoyed the show. We rarely take the kids to movies so that in itself was a special treat. They were all happy and cheerful again after that. We drove around a little, ate supper, took them swimming, and called it day two of our vacation!