It was the first 80 degree day of 2015 in western North Carolina (WNC). I have no idea why we thought going to South Carolina was a good idea.
Really though, Ava had her first school field trip. Ava wanted to take her first school bus ride. So, Ashley and I chaperoned and we brought Adeline down with us in the Land Rover and met them down at the zoo. We wanted to bring Bridget but the Greenville Zoo website said dogs were only allowed on the recreation grounds (which surrounds the zoo) and not on the zoo property itself. We had to get a doggy sitter.
Adeline was a little bored at times, but she really enjoyed quite a lot of the day. She will be turning 4 next month so she is starting to blossom socially. Ava was glued to her school friends. They were in a group they called the “Butterfly Girls”. We were the official Butterfly chaperones. The classes from the school came down in separate buses and arrived at different times. This worked out and the lines went smoothly. Ashley and I had to pay as well as for Adeline. Ava was paid for via her field trip which we had paid months ago. There was a very nice playground out side the grounds with great big tents and buildings for shade.
Ava’s favorite animal was the giraffe and Adeline’s was the monkey. I am still uncertain how I feel about zoos in general. I guess I look at these animals as lost or dead without the zoo so I can sleep peacefully. One day I will ask the girls how they feel about the zoo holding the animals and see what they say.
The day went without incident and we checked Ava out from her class to go home. We needed to get the girls to their dentist appointment. Getting a kid’s dentist appointment in Asheville is difficult. Sometimes you have to wait 3 to 6 months. We didn’t want to chance being late.
Nothing was stolen from our vehicle and it was left undamaged in the free parking area. Also, the Land Rover hasn’t been leaking water after I shut it off. I haven’t been running the heater either because it has been warming up. I am certain my water pump is busted. But, we made the entire trip with no problems and the truck burned 10 gallons of fuel for 168 miles. Not bad considering it averages about 9.7 around town.
Photos from the trip to the Greenville zoo:
Pictures and video of the scenery, terrain, and places within and surrounding the Asheville area of western North Carolina specifically in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, Smoky Mountains. Often surrounding Bruno and his family and friends and their adventures and activities.
A bit about Asheville and the area from Bruno:
“I grew up in the Asheville area. I was born in Denver and lived all over the United States (including Alaska!) until 1989. We moved to Black Mountain off NC Highway 9 after the Loma Linda Earthquake in Santa Cruz, California. My step-father was a Master Wood Carver and his teacher let us share a house with him and his family down on Crooked Creek for a short while until we found a place of our own. I lived mostly in the mountains in between Asheville and Lake Lure (Hickory Nut Gorge) and Black Mountain until my father moved down from Alaska when I was 10 years old. I moved in with him and we lived in a community of town homes in East Asheville until I was in High School. Then we moved to Fairview on Flat Top Mountain Road.”
“Looking back, I really enjoyed my childhood. I had an incredibly diverse upbringing and I don’t think I could be as strong as I am today and have dealt with the things I’ve seen if it hadn’t been for all of my families growing up. I think Asheville played a big roll in that diversity during my teenage years and still does today as I raise my own kids. Asheville somehow is emotionally connected to my soul in a way now that I can’t really explain. I can only tell you that there is a strong chance you will experience something similar if you visit here. It’s the oldest place in the world, being above sea level for 290 million years. If you ever want to visit just tweet and we can hook up and check some cool spots out!”