Monday, November 2, 2015

Our Visit to Michigan

 Hi all!  My sisters and I were in Michigan two weeks ago for fall break.  We were all so glad for a break from school (we started on August 3!) and had a great time with our grandparents.  Dad and Elizabeth pretty much lived in the library, Georgia and Mom watched Pride and Prejudice (the 6 hour BBC version), and I hung out with Grandma and Grandpa.  My uncle, aunt and cousins (Victoria, McKenna, and Kit) flew up for the second weekend, and on Saturday my grandparents took us to the Toledo Zoo.  They have membership there, so Elizabeth, Georgia, McKenna, and I got in for free.
 At a pumpkin farm that we visit every year, they have this lovely pumpkin carriage.  Sadly this one doesn't have Cinderella inside.  :^)
While we were waiting to get in the zoo, we noticed that the zoo was having what they called "Little Boo" where, for a price, you could go trick-or-treating in the zoo. 
Once we got in, our first stop was the "Arctic Encounter".
"I wonder how many girls there are dressed up as Elsa or Anna." McKenna pondered as two sisters dressed up as the queen and princess passed us.
"Let's keep track."
"Chrissa, I really think you should take off that cape." Georgia gazed disapprovingly.
"But it's awesome!" I replied.  "Besides, I've seen lots of costumes around."
"On children."
Elizabeth, watching us carefully, changed the subject.  "Look!  There's a seal now."
 "Aw!  It's so cute!" McKenna exclaimed.
"I can't wait to see the otters." I sighed.  Last year, when we visited, we had lots of fun watching the otters.
"Me too!" Georgia agreed. "Seals and otters are so cute."
"Look, girls, that polar bear is right next to the glass!" Grandma said.
"Cool!" I said. "I want to see the gray wolves now."  We all walked over, but we didn't see any of the wolves.  Maybe they taking an afternoon nap.
The Africa exhibit was closed for upgrades, so we stared walking to the bridge.
"I'm really excited to see the new aquarium." Elizabeth commented. "It sounds fascinating."
"We are too." Grandpa agreed. "Your Grandma and I haven't been to the zoo since it opened."
I watched the cars pass underneath us as we crossed the bridge.
"Oo!  Penguins!" Georgia pointed to an enclosure next to the aquarium.  "Let's go take a look."
"Two more Elsas and an Anna." McKenna  ticked off on her fingers. "That brings us up to 6 Anna costumes, and 9 Elsa ones."
"It's strange how popular Frozen still is, you know?" I said. "It came out in 2013!"
"I love seeing all the cute costumes." Elizabeth smiled. "I wish I had a Belle gown like that little girl's."
"I'm happy with my cape." I twirled on the concrete outside the aquarium.
"Shall we go in?" Grandma asked.
We oo-ed and ah-ed over all the aquatic creatures.  I thought these jellyfish looked like underwater moons.
I have to admit, the Toledo zoo's aquarium was really cool!  They had all kinds of different animals, fish, and plants.  The building was a lot bigger than I expected, and was happy to have benches to sit on.  ;^)
"Chrissa!  Look at these, um. interesting fish!" McKenna called.
"Oh!  Well, this is a very interesting fish." I said. "He doesn't look very happy, does he?"
"Indeed not." Elizabeth agreed.
After the aquarium, we walked on the "Tembo Trail".
"We're almost to the otters!"
"YAY!!!" I dragged everyone along with me. "Hurry!"
"We're coming, Chrissa!" Elizabeth laughed.  "Goodness!"
Someone said something about a hippo, so I paused for a moment to snap a picture before racing on to see those otters.
"They're so cute!" I was following the otter's every move with the camera.
"Whew!  It doesn't smell to good in here."
"Way to ruin the moment, Georgia!" I said, not looking up from the camera.
"I just love otters." I said.
"I never would have guessed, Chrissa."
"Look!" I exclaimed, camera firing rapidly.  "It's eating a pumpkin!  That's so cute!"
"Do you think otters like pumpkin pie?" Grandma asked.
"Probably not." Elizabeth said.
"On the contrary, my dear, I think they would." I retorted.
Elizabeth turned to face me. "How could they eat it?"
"With their adorable paws, of course!" I stated, placing my hands on my hips.
Everyone laughed.
"Was it something I said?"
From there, we saw elephants, 
caramels (I'm thinking of my Halloween candy I want to eat) camels, 
 . . . and tigers.  Georgia said she liked his coat.  I said I liked his smile.  We all laughed.
All in all, we had a great visit to Michigan.
If you could travel anywhere (for free!), where would you go?
P.S. In case you're wondering, we saw a total of
Elsa - 11
Anna - 7


  1. How fun. If we could take a vacation for free, we would go see you!

    Melodie, Morgan and Lexi

  2. Looks like a great trip! Love the outfits and the destinations. :)

  3. you haven't posted in forever!! i missed you!

  4. Oh wow your pictures are AMAZING!!! Reading your posts really brighten my day!!!

  5. Thanks, everyone! You are all awesome.

  6. Hi girls!! I was so glad to see this post just now---I've missed hearing about all your fun adventures. ;)
    If I could go anywhere in the world for free, I would go to Italy because I love Italian food! :D
    Great pictures! Your trip to Michigan sounds like it was a lot of fun.


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