Date: November 5, 2020
Difficulty: 3 (out of 10)
We took an unintentional break from our berry adventures during September and October. We had planned to visit Bald Head Island to climb North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse on the way home from Holden Beach in September, but the lighthouse was closed due to COVID-19. And we probably should have counted Rachel’s birth in October as a berry adventure since it was a real “adventure” for all of us!
So that brings me to the beginning of November, when we took a day trip to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. It’s the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, which is important because we’ve actually had a few conversations about whether or not traditional zoos are appropriate ways to treat animals, according to the Bible. For any local peeps who have been to Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, it’s a lot like that except that you walk the whole way (!) instead of driving. And there’s a much bigger variety of animals. Plus no ostriches to poke you with their beaks and steal buckets of food from the car windows. In other words, a bit bigger and better but also further away.
We drove out to Asheboro on a random Thursday morning during Greg’s paternity leave. It’s about 1.5hrs from here. We spent about 4 hours exploring the North America and Africa sections of the zoo on foot. At four weeks postpartum I wasn’t planning on a 4 mile walk, but once we started out on the trail, there was no way to get back except going to the end and riding the tram back to our car. Surprisingly, my kids did this walk with no problem. The excitement of seeing a new exotic animal around every bend was an excellent motivator. I ended up hobbling out of there and going home for a soak in the tub.
The zoo is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. A few experience-type exhibits are currently closed, but what we were able to see was worth the admission. We saw a polar bear, lions, a herd of elephants, a greenhouse full of tropical birds, some giant bison, a real alligator, a flock of flamingos, three giraffes, and a bunch of less memorable animals.
I nursed Rachel on a bench next to the gorillas, and she napped in my Solly Baby wrap the rest of the time. This was her first taste of being on the go with our family! I hope she stays as sweet and easy as she is now.