Yesterday, we braved the cold weather (we're having a rare, wintery weekend here in Florida! It was 84f/29c earlier in the week and yesterday it was a high of 51f/10c and windy and damp. So it was chilly!! (People always scoff when they read what is a "cold" day for us here. But, two things to keep in mind: 1 - it's a significant temp swing to go from the mid/high 80s' down to high 40's/low 50's. And 2 - our humidity means that the cold is VERY biting here. My friend from the UK was hanging out with us on vacation at WDW one day and wore a sundress because it was cool during the day but not cold. Once the sun went down though, she was FREEZING despite it not being that cold relative to England just due to how damp our air is here. It really permeates through you!)
Anyway...we spent the afternoon wandering around Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. We have passes for the year and while we were originally going to go to Disney for the day, not getting a single sale at my show the night before put a damper on the budget for that. (Busch Gardens is 20 minute drive away vs 1 1/2 hrs for Disney)
A lot of the animals were not out; they were too cold and were in their night enclosures. Didn't think that through when we headed over there!
Hippo wasn't fazzed by the cold:
And the lions were just hanging out like typical cats:
We also got to see some kangaroos munching on fronds:
And the Tigers were hungry (it was getting late in the day by the time we made it to the back side of the park so they were waiting on dinner!)
They have this "Tiger Popup" where it's a glass enclosure that you can climb a ladder up into and put your head into the area. The tigers sometime lay on it. You can just see the one laying on it here in this pic. (Unfortunately, but the time I made it around to the popup ladder, the tiger had moved!)
The Asian elephants were getting fruit treats from the handlers so they were right by the edge. What was cute was they were working with them, so they'd ask them to show their feet, or open their mouths, etc. Then they tossed a fruit reward. I was amazed at how easily they picked up things like a pear with their trunks!
And, finally, the penguins were running in and out of the water. They're so fast! It was hard to get any clear shots of them. LOL
I have some more "fun" pics but I'll save those for the albums. Despite the overcast day, the cold and a lot of walking, being outside in the cold all afternoon, we still had fun.
(Click any pic for larger version!)