Every year or almost every year since 2010, we have a tradition of going to see the sunflowers in a town near us.
They have a field that blooms for about 2 weeks. It is absolutely gorgeous so many people stop to take photos and even draw pictures of the sunflowers.
It’s gotten so popular that they have a parking area which they never had before a few years ago. I used to have to sort of parallel park in the grass near the field.
As I said, we go every year or almost every year. I have found photos from 2010, 2011, and then 2014-2019. I don’t remember if we went in 2012 or 2013.
This year, we took the Oldest’s girlfriend. She had never been to the field before so it was fun to watch her discover the absolute beauty of the field.
While walking through the rows of sunflowers, you have to be careful of the bees because they love to hang out there and the prickly plants that grow near the sunflowers. Other than that, it’s fun to get lost in the hundreds of sunflowers.
We also have a tradition of going to the local dairy that is just down the road after visiting the sunflowers. So we did that also on Monday. Oldest’s girlfriend hadn’t been to Young’s Dairy for a while so it was fun to treat her to ice cream made with milk from cows from the dairy and to watch her feed the goats.
Visiting the sunflowers is one memory that the boys are going to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Even though Youngest would have rather stayed at home and played on the computer.
During the middle of the night, it rained. Stormed actually. We were fortunate we didn’t chose to go to Grand Rapids because the storms were much worse. (Hubby wanted to go to the zoo in Grand Rapids because it was bigger.)
Sorry I’ve been missing. There is nothing like an elementary teacher tired in December. I’ve been exhausted.
Anyway after we left the Congo area, we went over to Australia and the Islands. The gibbons were active and outside when we got there. We especially enjoyed watching the baby gibbon. He would climb up so far and then fall down. He kept trying and trying to get the top. So cute!
Next up was going to see the komodo dragon. Hubby refused to smell the komodo dragon’s breath. If the boys were there, they would have done it.
The pelican is new to the Islands area of the zoo.
The Asian otters were in rare form. They were running around the exhibit and playing around which was awesome to see. We don’t usually get to see them be as active as they were.
More of the gibbons.
Most of the kangaroos were hiding in their behind the scenes area. One kept looking out to the exhibit area and then opted not to come out. It was in the 50’s so it could have been too cold for them.
Join me next time for the aquarium and manatee bay.