Thursday, April 23, 2015

Southwick's Zoo

Last summer we took our second annual trip to Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts, not far from my hometown of Hopkinton and from the town my mother now lives in. We went with my sister Elizabeth and her two sons (Rocco and Shane) and my mom. It was a fun day. It's a great zoo, tucked back in the woods. I love it!

Measuring board pictures are always fun to compare between years.


Sam's sunglasses crack me up.

Checking out the giant tortoises.




Sam and Rocco got a kick out of this turkey that strolled by.

 Sam hitched a ride with Grandma for awhile.

The Deer Forest is my favorite part of the zoo!
  


The boys held out their hands with fistfuls of food but most of the deer were pretty wary of getting too close to them. I think they can sense when rambunctious boys are in their midst!

Getting closer...

...Success! (Pretty much.)


 

I love this forest! 


Seriously? This is heaven!

John couldn't resist climbing this giant boulder, of course.



A bunch of crazy gorillas.
  

These little fellas were cute...

We went on a train/trolley ride on which Shane was unwilling to share the popcorn.
It's a good thing he's cute or I may have had to be a grumpy aunt!



 I didn't see this owl, but it was there in the woods somewhere!



Elizabeth had sooo much fun at the playground, it was her favorite part of the zoo!
 
Rhinos


A really cool tiger

 
 They crack me up. I love these boys!

Shaniac has my heart.

Beautiful peacock.

The zoo has a few fun kiddie rides that the kids, of course, loved riding on.







I lied. Elizabeth's most favorite part of the zoo was going on this ride with Shane over and over again.

And then dealing with the aftermath after the last ride. Ha ha ha!
It's fun to watch other people deal with their two-year-olds!

Just last Saturday, there was a video from Southwick's on Facebook of a baby giraffe being born at the zoo that day. It was fascinating to watch! It turned out to be a boy who they named Timber because of how he fell down onto the ground when he was born. Maybe we'll see him this summer! Baby animals are the cutest.


We always have fun at Southwick's Zoo!
  


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Heritage Gardens

We finally went to a place on Cape Cod last summer that we'd been meaning to go to for years. I'm so glad that we finally went! It was one of the best discoveries we've made recently on the Cape, and we will definitely return in the years to come. It was the beautiful Heritage Museums & Gardens in the lovely historic town Sandwich. It's a great place to stroll around in and enjoy the pretty views as well as check out some unique museums. 


 Sam and his cousin Andrew looking at a skinny little river that ends in a pretty waterfall...

...See? Very pretty.

 There was a temporary display of giant insects that were scattered throughout the grounds. They were really cool (and a little creepy!).




Can you imagine if the spider above and below were real?! Horrors!

Honey, I think we have an ant problem...






There was a pretty hydrangea garden. This is Cape Cod after all!


 While we were there the skies opened up and it downpoured for a little while, so we took shelter in one of the museums. It was a fun place full of oddities, like a wacky mirror... 


 ...and a toilet bowl full of flowers...

...and this portly dude.
The plaque at the bottom says "High Fructose Corn Syrup." Ha ha! An apt reminder.

 Sam was grumpy and for some reason my kisses didn't cheer him up.

After the rain was done, we went back out to explore more of the grounds. There was a wonderful hollow that the kids had a lot of fun playing in. (We were there with Peter's brother's family and his parents.)




I found a giant owl, so I was happy!

And this!

An ideal classroom...

John got some exercise in!

Hobbit-like steps. So cute!




Colonial dreams...


We visited that waterfall that we'd seen through the trees at the beginning.


My cute niece Naomi.

Get ready for an incredibly picturesque windmill!


The above photo filtered and cropped for Instagram. It's one of the better ones I've taken.

 

There was a museum that was full of beautifully maintained antique cars.  
I think this Duesenberg may be the most stunning automobile I've ever seen!



I liked this one too...


  


 

Again, the above photo on Instagram. Totally charming!

I highly recommend Heritage Museums & Gardens. It is a beautiful, fun, kid-friendly place. I'm looking forward to returning and exploring the rest of it this summer!