Zoo times again

Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Saturday, September 1, 2012

This morning we decided we would head to Memphis Zoo for the day, as after much research we couldn't find much else to do in the city.

We walked a couple of blocks to the bus stop we needed to be at, and then had a half hour wait until the bus arrived. After we boarded the bus and paid our fare, we turned to walk down the gangway to find a seat, and just saw loads of faces staring back at us. Laura and I were the only non African-Americans on the whole bus and were so obviously tourists, with our backpacks and questions to the driver about where we wanted to go, that we looked completely out of place. I think the bus we were on was a local commuter one that tourists didn't really use, and everyone just watched us as we found some seats. It was like being in a television show. Once we were on and settled though, the locals we were sat close to were lovely, asking where we were from, how we liked the city and advising us about where we needed to get off...I think we were a bit of a novelty for everyone haha

Once off the bus, we walked for a half mile or so through an incredibly posh looking street with massive houses, and found ourselves outside the zoo entrance. For some reason which was never clear to us, the front of the zoo is themed around Egyptian mythology, which is a bit odd but looks pretty cool. 

The zoo was quiet as it was so early, and it was red hot out despite this. We had a wander around the big cat area and then entertained ourselves watching an adorable penguin carry a stick around the pool for a while. One of the better exhibits we found was that of the Komodo dragons; the zoo has three and they are awesome. Terrifying - when we remembered the documentary we watched about how they will bite you and then follow you around waiting for you to die of the bacteria in their saliva - but awesome. They're so big! The zoo also had a pretty cool 'China' exhibit with pandas and cute little asian small-clawed otters, but the best part of the whole day was when I got to ride a camel! His name was 'Crocket the Rocket' and he was mint. Uncomfortable, but mint :) 

We also got to see some full grown grizzly bears in an area called 'Teton Trek' - they were play fighting with each other and roaring and watching them made us incredibly glad one hadn't wandered into our camps when we were out trekking

We caught a quick sealion show and then called it a day with the zoo. We had to wait for over an hour for the bus back in the heat and our legs were hurting from all the walking we'd done, so we were a little grumpy by the time we got back to the hotel. 

We watched some Big Bang Theory on the TV (quickly becoming our new favourite show) and then suffered through another of our nightly awful thunderstorms. Seriously, they're unreal. The TV also kept getting interrupted with news flashes about a Tornado warning being in effect for Shelby county, which is the one over from us....not at all scary!

Tomorrow we're going to Graceland - if we don't get tornado'd away! 

Deej x

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