This week was the girl's field trip to Parc Safari, a amusement/swimming/safari drive/zoo (kind of an all in one deal) that is about 30 minutes south of Montreal. I was asked to go by the teacher and since I really wasn't doing anything I agreed to take the bus with all the kids and be a chaperon.
At first I wasn't too impressed, as I've never been fond of Safari drives, as I've never seen one in the states done without a bit of tackiness. I find it hard to see elephants behind barbed or electric wire - it just doesn't seem right to me. Anyway, it was perfect for the kids as we drove thought the safari on the bus and let's just say - it was really really loud! They loved all the animals and it was fun seeing them so excited.
The zoo part of the park was interesting as I had never been in a zoo where you are higher than the animals. You walk along a deck and look down to view the animals they have. The monkeys were kept down in their area by electrical wire out of reach of everyone on the bottom part of the deck. I really enjoyed this part, mostly because it was a foreign concept to me to walk over wolves and monkeys and bears!
The best part about the entire thing was the fiberglass tunnel you walked through in the lion and tiger pens. It was very amazing and worth the whole experience to be that close to a lion - wow!
Nini decided that morning that she wasn't going to wear a jacket. The kind of decision that included a roll or two on the floor screaming and crying - basically a tantrum. We were in a hurry so we settled on a long sleeve shirt, assuming that it was going to be warmer than it was. The sweater she is wearing is mine, as when we arrived at the park it was so, so cold. I couldn't have her little self freezing her toosch off - so she warmed up with my sweater. I'm not sure she really learned her lesson about good choices, although, I learned my lesson to not settle next time.