Karlie's Night Camp At The Phoenix Zoo

Saturday night Karlie's 3rd grade class had their overnight camp at the zoo.  Karlie couldn't wait to have a slumber party at the zoo.  The zoo requires an adult chaperon for each child, so I was going to get to have a wild night too!  Max went to Iowa for his grandfather's funeral, which made it dicey trying to find coverage for all the kids.  My neighbor is my life saver and offered to keep the kids for me.  Then a few nights before the camp I remembered the dog!  I didn't have a place for Siri and it was so last minute I convinced Karlie to do an almost sleep over.  There was an option to leave at 11pm.  Being the good sport she is, she agreed that it would be OK to leave early.  It might have helped that I told her we would have a special night at home while all the other kids were at their sleepover and we would have a special breakfast WAY better than cold cereal.
 No girls night out can be complete without some drinks!  We hit Starbucks so I could make it through the night. :)
The nocturnal hike was fun and the Mexican wolves were baying at the nearly full moon.  It was really neat to hear them howl.  The kids learned about scorpions, turtles, boas, lizards, hedge hogs, cockroaches, and owls.  The zoo keepers brought each of the animals up close for the kids to examine.  After the evening snack it was time to hike to the sleeping campground.
 The campground was beautiful with lit palm trees and a roaring fire.  We played games and saw more animals.  Then it was time for the campers to set up their sleeping stations.  I was SO grateful for Siri who couldn't stay in her crate all night!  While I love to camp, sleeping on "decomposing granite" (aka rocks)  in the desert with a little mat is not my idea of a good time.  I am more of an all-inclusive luxury kind of "camper"(blow up air mat and a tent).  :)  Especially when Karlie was one of only 2 girls in her entire class that opted to do the zoo overnight camp.  We were in a group with 8 boys and their dads!  I can tell you by the end of the night after walking around a nearly 100 degree zoo these men did not smell the best.  Thank goodness I didn't have to sleep near them.  I have heard all sorts of stories about smelly feet and loud snoring!
Instead we nestled up in our king bed in the air-conditioned room with no ants or scorpions.  My neighbors kids ended up getting sick so I had to pick up all the kids and transfer them to bed at home. But I assured Karlie we would still have our special time.
 After getting things 3 and 4 fed in the morning, I made Karlie a special French Toast breakfast in bed.  I came back and we ate breakfast in bed together alone and talked about the zoo.
 Our favorite part was actually on the escorted walk out at the end.  The zoo keeper told us inside stories about the animals.  The funniest one was about the elephants.  Apparently they LOVE Gatorade.  The zoo buys it in the powder form and uses it as bribe to teach the elephants to trade items. Zoo keepers must have ways of getting dangerous animals to give them things they want or present body parts for check-ups.  Gatorade is the ultimate bargaining tool.  The elephants sniff up the powder off the ground and then snort up water and shake it all together in their trunk before drinking it.  Yes, elephant crack!  LOL  While learning about elephant crack was great, my absolute favorite part of the night was getting to spend some one on one time with my Karlie girl.  It was a wild girls night out!


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Lacey said...

You are such a great Mommy. I love that you still had the breakfast she was looking forward to with her. I know that must have meant a lot!

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