Friday, July 31, 2009

Vacation Day 8 - Toronto Zoo

Today was zoo day!!! WOOT! By 10 am we were on our way down the highway to meet with some of the kids relatives. :)

I ate a nice, hearty breakfast to keep me going through to lunch… 100_5329

  • 1/3 cup USVAB & water
  • 1/3 cup PC 5 grain oats
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries
  • hemp seeds
  • almond butter


Before I go any further I have to put the skids on and back track to last night a moment! It’s banana soft serve time…. 100_5327

This deliciousness comprised of 1 frozen banana and chopped walnuts was my snack of choice while watching SYTYCD. Heaven, except that I’m now out of bananas. :(

Back to today! We hit some traffic on the way so a 1.5 hour drive turned into 2. You can pretty much plan on catching highway congestion coming across Toronto these days. We arrived about 12:30 and pulled our packed lunch out to eat before heading into the park. I packed myself a sunflower seed butter/strawberry banana jam sammie on WW…. 100_5330

Then we goofed around taking shots of us and the Jeep… 100_5332


Hehe! The Toronto Zoo is pretty massive and usually takes us a good 5 hours to walk. We skipped the bear/wolf area today because it’s rare to see the wolves out and the bear really doesn’t do much. We still walked for 4 hours before stopping at the splash pad so the kids could cool off a bit. Here are some of the animals that we came across…100_5363






This guy here is a red panda!




The kids pet a snake (I did , too!) 100_5375


They also got to pet sting rays… 100_5398


We took a few family shots…




Somewhere in there I shared a packet of the awesome cocoa covered almonds with my hubby… 100_5404

And we also bought ice creams along the way… 100_5373

By the time we got back to the Jeep it was 5:30 and we were all hot, tired and hungry! I snacked on this container of cantaloupe and watermelon on the drive home; 100_5406

The drive home was even more trying than the one there! I lost count of how many accidents and tow trucks I saw along the highway! A lot of people are not starting their long weekend out on a very good foot! We finally got home just after 7pm and threw a quick dinner together. The fam had eggs, toast and the leftover cod and I threw together a wrap stuffed with pepper jack cheese, leftover chicken and salsa that I warmed up in a dry pan. On the side was the rest of the sautéed zucchini from a few night ago. 100_5407

Then I inhaled 3 mini blueberry muffins with little dabs of cinnamon honey on each one; 100_5408

Now I’m going to put my feet up and catch up on all your blogs. I want to extend a warm welcome to all the new readers that have been commenting lately!!! “HI!” I love seeing new readers because it gives mw even more awesome blogs to check out.

Not sure what, if anything, is on the agenda for tomorrow. It will depend on the weather most of all! Hope you’ve all had a good Friday….see ya tomorrow!

Bye for now!!


  1. aww I love reading your vacay posts this week :) It looks like you and your family are having so much fun!

  2. Looks like a very fun day (except for the traffic...).

    I love, love, love banana soft serve. I'll have to add some walnuts next time. It looks and sounds delicious! Enjoy your weekend! :)

  3. What a fun day at the zoo! I love your new Jeep!

  4. Awww, great pictures ... I love zoos!!

  5. Vacation posts are always fun to read! That red panda is so adorable. And I really want watermelon and cantaloupe right now. D: No fruit in the house at ALL!

  6. lovely zoo pics! :) what kind of camera are you using?? any special lens?

  7. sounds like you are having a fabulous vacation!

  8. wow what a fun day at the zoo :)
    your breakfast looks delicious!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. I looove zoo days! My fav would have to be the giraffe--I got to feed one in Tampa a couple years back! :-)
    Btw--love the Jeep!

  10. Fun day! LOVE the jeep :) Hippos are strangely adorable. I don't know what it is about them but I just want to give them a hug ;) I'm drooling over that container of melon!!

  11. What a great post! I've been wanting to say 'hello' to you for awhile now, as you are my fellow Canadian! ha ha. The Zoo is amazing, and I can't even imagine the roads right now! I'm lucky enough to live near Banff, Jasper, the Rockies- so it's chaos! Lots of people going camping, 4x4ing, ATV etc.

    I am jealous you are in Toronto! I think you guys have a whole foods right? And my favorite store EVER is there as well. Low Carb Grocery?

    Thanks for the great pictures, you're kids are so cute! Look forward to hearing from you!

  12. This makes me want to go on vacation again :) That hippo is too cute! I loveee frozen bananas. They are such a simple and delicious snack!

  13. I love your family. They are so smiley and happy. I really think your daughter looks a lot like you as well. Your pospsicle looks so refreshing and the muffins look delicious!

  14. What a great day at the zoo!! Totally makes me want to go. I love the red panda (never heard of that) and the hippo :)

  15. Oh what a fun vacation! I just came back from my vacation to NYC, and I visited the zoo too! Bronx zoo! I loved watching the chimpanzees grooming each other, lol!!

  16. What cute fam pics!!!! The new wheels are lookin' spiffy!

    Isn't blogging so amazing? I mean, communicating with people from all over the country/world is just incredible.

  17. The zoo sounds like a great outing, even with the crap traffic. Who doesn't like to spend the day seeing animals you don't get to see in everyday life? I think the only zoo I've ever been to was in Australia. We don't actually have a zoo in Vancouver.


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