Our recent trip back to Salt Lake City gifted us with a lot of quality family time together. Not only the four of us, but our extended family. The boys got to meet their cousins (and second cousins and third cousins…) and have many adventures together, all of which were amazing. And one of our very favorite memories is of the day we visited Utah’s Hogle Zoo.
Hogle Zoo is 42 acres of diverse flora and fauna. Animals from many countries and ecosystems come together to form a diverse menagerie – an awesome place to explore – especially for little folk.
We joined up with Mark’s brother and his family to spend several hours just watching all of these creatures.
The zookeepers were awesome, teaching from the sidelines, answering questions and informing kid and adults all about each animal and why their place in the zoo was so important. Daniel was too little to understand, but he enjoyed just watching the animals. Dexter was very enthusiastic, though. His favorite animals were the tiger (a majestic beast who we got to see bathing in his pool) and the polar bear (something we’ve never seen in person before).
I also enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful flowers, which were swarming with bees and other small bugs.
Seeing Dexter’s curious reaction to the animals was priceless. He was in awe of them all, running from viewpoint to viewpoint trying to see everything. I ended up having to carry him at one point because he was so tired from the constant jetting from one exhibit to the next!
Once we had had our fill of animals, we took all the kids over to the carousel so they could ride some cute animals of their own! The entire menagerie was represented, and Dexter found himself riding a big brown otter!
The day was a rousing success, filled with family, warmth and sunshine, and I can’t wait until we get to go again! It is definitely an amazingly fun time for the whole family!