Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Visit to the Virginia Zoo

I got to cross another thing off the bucket list today: Nicole the Knitter and I went to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. I haven't been there since at least 2006, and Nicole hadn't been there since 2011.

We actually started out the morning with a breakfast stop at Doumar's (no hipsters here today, just a tour bus full of old people--they really looked like they were having a blast, watching one of the employees make fresh cones on the baker outside), and ended it at Carolina Cupcakery. Because of my account with Recycling Perks, I was able to get a BOGO on the zoo admissions, and a BOGO on the cupcakes. The zoo and cupcakes were on me. I figured I should treat Nicole because the admission to the Richmond Zoo was more than she expected, at the time.

I was looking forward to seeing the tigers, but none of them were on display. The zoo is trying to encourage them to breed, so it looks like no tigers on display until later sometime this year. :( It was kind of pointless, really, for us to go now, even though I wanted to see the Trail of the Tiger. It would have been nice for the zoo to actually put that somewhere in their website, that the tigers are off display. I would have gone later on when they were back.

Anyhoo, pictures below after the updated bucket list.



  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. Holy crap, I'm actually doing this one right now!!! 
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command. I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woodsin 2013. 
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC in 2013. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. in 2013. 
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day. I would like to go to Hiroshima as well, but I've heard that Americans are unofficially unwelcomed there, and I don't blame the Japanese people if that's true. 
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California. 
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion in 2013. 
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads. 
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. I'm planning on doing this in June with Michelle the Cook and her mother, and maybe Nicole the Knitter.



  • The last time I was here, this mermaid had a tiger's face. With this repaint job and that tiny face, she looks like  Jocelyn Wildenstein, the NYC socialite that had a series of plastic surgeries to look like a cat. Way to screw up your mermaids, Norfolk!





    This little attraction was pretty popular with the kids...of all ages, of course!




    All of this Asian-inspired decor at the Trail of the Tiger is new, and it's very pretty. However, all these Asian details make the rest of the park look old and outdated.

    The really bad/funny thing we saw was two year old twin girls, damn near identical. One of them was having a meltdown of some sort over by the elephants and giraffes, laying down on the deck, screaming and crying. Well, her sister came over and started stomping on her head! Everyone around was just watching, us included (because I'm not going to interfere with someone else's kids), slack-jawed, until Mom started screeching and running over to them. When the angry twin was done with her sister, she looked at me and Nicole, stomped her feet and roared just once with tiny clenched fists. She looked little a little white Hulk.

    The look on Nicole's face was priceless. It was the best thing I saw all day. She just froze for a second, dragged me away and was whispering, "Oh my God, DID YOU SEE THAT???" 

    I said to her, "See it? Hell, I was watching it!" Who knows what came over that little girl to lose her shit like that, but whatever it was, she'd had enough!

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