Saturday, September 05, 2009

vacation photos, part IV

Okay, you'll be grateful to know this post should be the last. No, I don't promise to stop posting our goofy faces altogether...but at least this will be the end of the vacation pics, so you should get a break for a while.

Vacation: Day 9

Spent mostly in the car, on our way north again. But we did detour off the highway, onto the Natchez Trace Parkway (one of Rich and my favorite national parks) for a bit. We really wanted to take the kids to Cypress Swamp, which is just north of Jackson, MS. Arrived in Memphis, TN late afternoon.

























































































































Vacation: Day 10

Memphis Zoo. One of the big reasons this entire vacation came to be was because of the YaYa and LeLe, the pandas at the Memphis Zoo. Gray loves bears, all bears. But pandas...wow. After the zoo, we met Renay!!!! Sorry, she asked me not to post any photos, but I can tell you that, yes, this incredible woman really does exist. And she's as sweet and adorable as can be! Thanks again, Renay!!! You have no idea how much it meant to have you drove over and spent time with me!!!







































Gray petting a skink.





















Komodo Dragon.




















One of Maxidoodle's favorites. Surprise, surprise. ;)





















































Max began channeling his chimp cousins. He kept this up all day. Just ask poor Renay. ;)




























Awwwwww.

Vacation: Day 11

Spent the morning at Shiloh National Battlefield. Then drove up through TN and most of KY.






































































Vacation: Days 12-13

Drove to Cleveland OH. Morning/early afternoon of day 13 were spent at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We love this museum!!! Then drove to PA to my parents, where we spent the night.























































































































































































Vacation: Day 14

After spending the morning and early afternoon with my wonderful parents, we head home to NY.




















Thanks again, for Bacon-sitting, Mom and Dad!

The end.

10 comments:

Vivienne said...

Debi , looks like you had a fantastic vacation. The pictures are beautiful. I imagine a lot of scrapping now. I just love the panda picture.

Amanda said...

Wonderful pictures, and I'm so glad you had a good vacation. It makes me think I can take my kids on a roadtrip someday. Maybe next summer!

Eva said...

I already told you this on Twitter, but I want to come along on next road trip! I'm a good babysitter. :D And I can stay in trunk!

Nymeth said...

The Natchez Trace looks AWESOME! I've been dreaming of going there someday ever since I read The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty.

And wow, the animals, the museums, everything! Can I go with you next time too? :P

Chris said...

Oooh I want to go to that swamp!! It looks like such a fun trail!!

I'm so glad that Gray got to see his Pandas :) Has Panda survived still? The little guy from the french market?

And y'all got to see komodo dragons after all! Very cool!

I've loved all of these pictures Debi. It looks like y'all had such a fantastic trip. The museum of natural science looks amazing!! Miss you!

DesLily said...

wow you really have some great photo's there debi!! I've enjoyed your vacation thru your photos!

Shanra said...

SWAMP! With... crocodiles or alligators in! Those are some awesome, awesome pictures. (And I have to ask, dim as it makes me, is that a lake on the battlefield or just a whole lot of rain?)

Pandas! Tigers! Zoos! Walking trails! *burblesquee* I wish I'd gone on vacation with you now! It must've been so, so much more amazing than it looks! ^-^

Melody said...

Aww...Please don't tell me this is your last vacation post! I love reading them all, Debi! :) I'm glad you all had a wonderful vacation!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, what great pictures! Looks and sounds like an awesome trip :) I wish I had known you guys were in the area, I'm just a few miles from Cypress Swamp! I haven't been up there in years, but want to go back to do some photography. It's such a cool place to take photos.

Glad you guys had a great trip, and I know you're glad to be home :)

Kerry said...

I love your panda pictures! The Memphis Zoo is awesome.