Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Monday Tradition

On the Monday after Easter, we went to the zoo with some friends.  It's Spring Break here & since we don't have the money to go to the beach or go on a cruise, we decided to go to the zoo.

Little did we know, the zoo has an Easter Monday tradition of it's own.

This pic is a little blurry b/c I was in a moving vehicle and I was using my little pocket camera.  However, I think you can still read what it says.

That's right.

Easter Monday.   An African-American Family Tradition.

I never knew that it was an African-American Family Tradition to go to the zoo on Easter Monday.

Even with a spray tan, I am still pretty much the whitest person you know.

It was a fun zoo day.  There were lots of families there - black, white, yellow, brown, red, orange (the orange ones were the ones who got a bad spray tan).  I didn't see any purple people, but I guess maybe I should check the schedule and go when it's purple people day.

Here are some zoo highlights:

1.  Police on segways.  Picture Mall Cop.  There were officers on segways everywhere.  It was like they were making a sequel called "Zoo Cop".  One guy, who was not so small, was quickly heading up the steep hill (if you've been to the National Zoo, you know the one).  He was saying "Move It" or "Excuse Me" or something like that really loudly so he didn't run over anyone.  However, since he was going uphill, if he slowed down too much, he started to tilt backwards.  I was hoping he would not fall, but kind of hoping he would, just so I could mark it off of my bucket list.  See someone fall off of a segway and roll down a hill.

2.  Police on horseback.  There were 2 officers on these HUGE horses standing at one of the exits.  People were crowding around them, petting the horses and talking to the officers.  Nevermind the pandas and the elephants, a horse with a badge is something special. 

3.  Guardian Angels.  There was a large group of men there wearing Red Berets, combat boots, and matching T-shirts.  I have never heard of them, but after googling it, I see that they are the "Guardian Angels", which is " a volunteer organization whose mission is to safeguard communities from bullying, gangs, and violence".  The berets and combat boots threw me off because I thought they were some kind of militant protesters or something.  Thankfully, they were there to keep us safe.  I hear that Cheetahs can be major bullies.

4.  Cotton Candy.  Also known as five dollars well spent so as not to hear your child whine all day long.  Maybe it's just me, or are all of our kids weird because they are hugging their cotton candy?

5.  Animals.  I guess this is the reason why you go to the zoo.  I didn't get any good pictures because I left my good camera at home.  Superfrykid took most of the pictures and when she couldn't get a picture of a real animal, she took a picture of the placard in front of the exhibit.
She did get a picture of the Komodo Dragon, which happens to be the creepiest animal on Earth.  I don't think the placard says that, but it should.

Anyway, it was a good trip and we didn't get lost and there were no fights in the car and what more could you ask for?

What are you doing for Spring Break?

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