We arrived last Saturday in Long Beach and from there went directly to the American Girl store.
From there we enjoyed dinner with some of the California Liechtys. It was a great time for Greg to reconnect and for me and the kids to make some new family connections.
On Sunday we met Greg's cousin, Jenny, at the Santa Ana Zoo. Jenny has worked there for ten years as a zookeeper responsible for several of the monkey exhibits for which the zoo is most well known for. In fact, based on agreements originating years ago at the zoo's conception, the place must keep at least 50 monkeys on the premises at all times.
We had amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences feeding and spending time with many of the animals there behind-the-scenes.
and here is a pic of us on one of the elephants trained by the same people that trained the star elephant of the new movie: Water for Elephants....
Our elephant was named Becky.... I guess the star of the movie no longer has to give rides at the zoo!
Here are some little lion-faced tamarin babies clinging to their mama. They were just born that very morning!
Look at their little arms wrapped around mama....
Here is a Great Anteater and her baby that was born just this past Thursday!
After the zoo, we went on to meet another cousin, Beverly, and her family at Claim Jumper. We enjoyed a lovely meal and visit. We all did lots of sharing about our puppy-kids.... sure did make us miss Toby Doo!
Well, that ends part I. My next post will review a bit from our Disney experience. We are having such a great time here!