If you've ever been in the States for Memorial Day Weekend or have American friends/fam, you'll know that it's kind of a big deal. And by big deal, I mean 3 days of pool parties, barbecues and drinking.
Personally, I was just happy that Ty had a 4 day weekend (military perks) and we could do fun things like going to the zoo...
Wildlife World is literally 5 minutes from our place, so I've been wanting to visit there for a while. I'm a bit on the fence about zoos, as I'd much rather see animals roaming freely in their natural habitat rather than cooped up in cages, but I do appreciate the conservation aspect that some zoos provide. It's so hard to tell which ones are doing good and which aren't though.
Either way, I put my judgements aside and we braved the Arizona sun for a few hours to say hey to the animals.
Side note: It's getting bloody hot here and days aren't even at their highest temperature yet. Everybody's warned me that AZ summers are no joke and while I believed them before, feeling it for myself is a whole different story. It's not unbearable yet though and I'm quite enjoying the balmy evenings, however, getting burned by the seatbelt isn't fun. I hear that London's still pretty rainy though, so I'll enjoy the sunshine and warmth while I can.
Anyway, I digress. So the animals... The zoo had a whole load of animals; Lions, Tigers, (no bears), a lonely looking Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Ostrich, Antelope, loads of birds... I'm not going to list them all because it's starting to sound like Noah's Ark. The only thing really missing were the Elephants, which is probably a good thing as it didn't look like they'd have enough room for them.
The place is an aquarium too, so there were also sea-lions and penguins and a lot of aquatic life. All in all, a nice place for an afternoon out with kids or as a couple. I'd recommend it if you're in the Phoenix area.
The rest of the weekend was spent BBQ'ing it up with different sets of friends. On Sunday we spent the evening with Michelle & Richard, who let off a few fireworks to mark the occasion. I had a bit of fun playing with the shutterspeed on my camera to capture the fireworks and sparklers. Definitely haven't mastered it yet, but I thought the light looked pretty cool in these pics.
I think it's nice that American's usually know what their holidays are for. Brits are so used to just having a 'bank holiday', or the day off being something to do with the Royal Family. The only ones I really know the purpose of are Remembrance Sunday and Boxing Day.
So with that being said, happy Memorial Day to all my American folk. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and paid homage to all the fallen armed forces members in the best way possible.