I Wondered How Long it Would be Before Someone Confused us as Mother/Daughter
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With Taylor's parents out of town to celebrate their anniversary, I had promised her we would go to the zoo. We had been talking about it for over a year, and this finally gave us the excuse to go. Since this would mean a trip to St. Louis, I planned other things too, like Gus' Pretzels and the Global Foods Market and cupcakes (or ice cream). I came up with different things to choose from, and I would let Taylor decide.
I picked her up about a quarter til nine; we were getting about a 45-minute headstart (we figured we'd be leaving about 9:30). My first stop would be Starbucks -- I can't pass this up, especially now since there is a convenient location at Green Mount Road. I got my 'usual', a venti mocha frappaccino light, and Taylor was excited to try Starbucks for the very first time, and got a caramel frap.
We had thought about maybe grabbing some breakfast (at Companion, a restaurant I really want to try), but instead went to the zoo to start our day. I refused to pay the $15 parking fee at the zoo, so I drove down the road until there was an open street-side space. We had to backtrack a bit to walk to the zoo entrance, but I figured we would be walking around anyway, and a few more steps would not hurt us! Upon entering, we were handed a zoo map; Taylor's must-see's: the bears and the big cats, and me, the penguins and the elephants. We started off with the bears, but none of them were out, which for a minute disappointed Taylor, but she got over it quickly.
We meandered around the zoo for the next hour or so, stopping at the big cats; one of the leopards was pacing and the lions were nearly restless. Of course, we didn't leave before visiting the River's Edge, home to the elephants. It was here that Taylor and I were confused as mother and daughter. (I had wondered how long it would be before that happened). The couple couldn't get over the fact that we weren't even related, we looked so much alike. The elephants were active. The mom/baby (although he's probably at least a year old) combo were ADORABLE.
Taylor was really looking forward to pretzels from Gus', and we were definitely hungry by this time. I had been to Gus' a few times, but wasn't 100% sure how to get there from the zoo, so I called OnStar for turn-by-turn directions; once we were on 44, I knew where I was going. Luckily, there was a parking spot available, in their tiny lot, and it was an awkwark place to get into, but I did it. We went inside and joined the line that was curled around. This did give us a few moments to watch the pretzel-making process, which Taylor loved. The guys were friendly behind the scenes, smiling and adding flair to their pretzel-twisting.
Once we had killed the hunger pains, we got back in the car and called OnStar for our next destination because I had no clue where it was.
I let Taylor decide what our afternoon snack would be: ice cream or cupcakes.
Seeing as how we'd done everything in St. Louis we wanted to, we headed back across the River. But, instead of going straight home, we stopped in Fairview Heights to shop (and not see her uncle like I had contemplated -- but that's a completely different story). I just wanted to go to Archiver's, a scrapbook store, but Taylor lost interest fairly quickly, so I hurried up. We did make one more stop at Target -- can't pass up Target! And then to Sonic for something of a 'real' meal, not knowing there was an Imo's Pizza, which we had decided against for lunch, in the vicinity. (I know for next time!) After that: we headed home. Our day-out adventure was over.