Another season, another marathon for Bob! This time he ran the Napa Valley Marathon and we decided to make a weekend trip out of it. Good thing because he was only in town for a brief two day stop in between back to back trips first from Ireland and then to India.
We decided to stop in Sonoma to go on a wildlife tour so we can see some animals up close and personal. But since it was the first Saturday of the month we had to make a quick pit stop first...at Home Depot. Priorities people.
This month's kit was a red race car. Super fun!
Off to the races! We were one of the first ones at the workshop so it was a solo race, but that only means one thing!
1st Place! Woot!
Then E made Daddy get second. =)
With all that woodworking behind us, we were off to see the animals with our tour at Safari West.
The waiting vehicles.
Before boarding, we first took a 30 minute walking tour around the grounds to view some of the birds and animals that lived on the campus:
A pair of ring-tailed lemurs
A badling of white-faced whistling ducks
Cheetah ready to pounce
A confusion (had to look up the collective noun for this type of bird!) of helmeted guinea fowl
Ethan was more interested in the bamboo grooves that we wandered around. He is really interested in learning about bamboo and cacti these days.
At the end of the walking tour there was a learning center set up where volunteers showed us some reptiles and arachnids up close:
We got to touch and pet a snake and a tarantula. After which Ethan was super keen on having a tarantula as a pet. I may have talked him out of it...temporarily!
We got to ride on top of the vehicle for the first part of the ride. E was super excited.
Flamingos and girafes
East african crowned crane and it's shadow
A pair of white rhinocerous lazing about
At one of the scenic stopping points we switched to let others ride on the top.
At the lower level, Ethan had a great view of the different gauges and was super excited to learn what each one monitored.
A happy Bob
Some battling gemsboks
A lone eland
Bob getting nipped by one
Cape buffalo during feeding time
The next day was the marathon! After dropping Bob off at the starting point, E and I took went to take a quick tour at the Jelly Belly factory before coming back to cheer him on at the finish line.
When asked if Ethan enjoyed the visit, this was what I was presented with. =) He actually has never heard of jelly beans before and even though I said it was sweet and it was candy he still refused to try any samples until the very very end. At which he point he exclaimed 'wow, these ARE actually yummy'.
Happy finisher with a time of 3:29:53! We had a hard time finding parking and just missed seeing him cross the line. Boo. This was the second time we missed his grand finish, the last time we were actually there cheering but after staring at every one crossing we, I don't know maybe, glanced at our shoes or something and didn't see him cross. We are not the best cheerleaders but the thought was there! Anyways right afterwards we raced to the airport since Bob had only 40 minutes to catch his flight. All in all it was a great weekend!