We have lived in Birmingham for about 3 months now, but there are still so many parts of Birmingham that we have yet to explore. This weekend we decided to adventure out of the house for a bit. The Birmingham Zoo was having a $5 entry night for their 60th anniversary, and Oak Mountain State Park is right down the street. Essentially we decided to spend the whole weekend outside while sweeting our eye balls out in Alabama summer heat. Bring on the fall weather!
The weekend started out like most of them do- laying on the floor of the nursery letting Oliver entertain us.
Saturday night we went to the Birmingham Zoo for their anniversary celebration- AKA we went for the $1 hotdogs. I'd like to think that we went to the zoo so our son could see the animals... when Dom and I see $1 hotdogs, it is hard for us to stay away.
We were mildly impressed with the zoo. There were some really nice exhibits • the elephants and Primate exhibits were spacious and well done. Other parks of the zoo needed some serious work. I'm pretty sure that a kindergarten class decorated some of the informational areas. There was stray trash in some of the exhibits and some sloppy construction. The kids there were having a blast which is important, but I would hope that they would keep the place up a little better. Because we only paid $5 to get in, it was worth it, but if we had paid the regular $15 per adult, I would have been frustrated by the upkeep.
Oliver slept for the first half of the animals but woke up in time for the Jungle and Safari animals and to lick the mess out of his baby carrier. Not a flattering look kid...
The zoo was hot as hades so naturally we had to stop for Yogurt Mountain on the way home. We offered Oliver a bite but he was more interested in his new found fist.
After church on Sunday, we took my brother, his dog, and Macy for a hike at Oak Mountain State Park. I was really impressed with the amount of activities that are offered at the Park. Horseback riding, Golf, Camping, Hiking, Animal Rehabilitation Center, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Fishing, Paddle-boarding, Canoeing... to name a few. We took the Tree Top Trail for a good hike. I'd like to argue that the Dogs don't need to be walked for 3 days after the amount of running that they did. In true Oliver fashion, he slept most of the time. How the kid sleeps in 150 degree weather while being bounced around on someone's stomach blows my mind.
It was a great weekend to be in Birmingham. We are constantly reminded of the amazing city that we live in.
Don't mind our ridiculously pale skin... we spent pool days in the shade this summer - baby life.
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.