Bom Dia! (Hello in Portugese)
Today we “traveled” to Brazil and it proved to be a very fun adventure.
We visited the Santa Ana Zoo (which neither of us had been to before), where our friend Jenny has been a zoo keeper for 8 years. We went to high school with Jenny and her and Sean graduated the same year (Class of 96-wootwoot!). It was like a reunion of sorts!
She contacted me a few months ago (after hearing about the STAYCATION) and offered to give us a tour of the zoo, since they had several Brazilian animals! Perfection! She is pretty much the nicest person ever. She met us at the gate and took us through the entire zoo and farm, explaining everything and every animal to us–we got the VIP treatment!
She hooked us up and let us “meet” several of the animals face to face, like this Binturong.
And this toucan.
And this bird, which may or may not have sang the theme song to the old BATMAN tv show.
These little guys (the Golden Lion Tamarins) were my favorite. They are currently on loan from the Brazilian government to the United States. So cute and small….but totally sassy and capable of a major scuffle.
Miss K loved running through the zoo and seeing all the animals play. Especially the monkeys, jumping branch to branch.
We were so gateful to Jenny, who took the time to show us around and also expose us to this very cool place, that is pretty much in our backyard! A pass for an ENTIRE family for a whole year is about 50 bucks! There is a park, jungle gym, snack shack, gift shop and tons of animals. It’s a wonderful place to come and see all of God’s creations. We loved it!
Thank you Jenny, for making our day!
We headed to a local Brazilian BBQ for dinner. I was looking forward to this BIG TIME. Anytime you can consume massive amounts of meat, I’m IN.
We were joined by my handsome brother Jonathan and his girlfriend Joelle.
Our waiter was from Brazil and sure knew how to slice up and serve some mean cuts of meat. I think I ate like 9 different types. Done and Done.
Dinner was wonderful. And filling. And especially appreciated after the heartburn wore off. Miss K especially enjoyed the beef brisket. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It was delightful. And fattening. Which all good food is. Duh.
And it’s late, so I don’t have time to take a picture, but my friend Meghan made sure to drop off her contribution to our STAYCATION. A “one piece” bathing suit in neon pink. And by one piece, I mean that one piece of fabric loops around your body in strategic areas (and no…this was not tested or tried on by either of us). She thought it was fitting, seeing as we were traveling to the bathing suit capital of the world.
I saw it fitting to use it as a coaster. Because that is about how big it was. Thanks for the laugh, Megs! It was certainly entertaining!!
Jonathan’s suggestion for where we should travel next:
Tomorrow: Washington DC! (I’m most excited about this one!)