Bob and I spent one-on-one time with our granddaughter Harper this past Saturday. We like spending time with both of our granddaughters at the same time, but we also treasure the one-on-one times that we have with this as well. We spent one-on-one time with Harper’s sister, Juniper, in late April. This past Saturday was special time with Harper.
We picked up Harper at her house around 8:30 am.
We arrived at the Erie Zoo at 10:00 am. The line to get into the zoo was long — longer than I have even seen it. It was Big Equipment Day at the zoo, but it wasn’t crowded like this last year! We decided to come back later in the day.
Leaving the zoo, we drove to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). The highlight of our visit to the TREC was being on top of the observation tower. We rode the elevator to the top of the 75-foot tall tower.
Harper on top of the observation tower
The bit of blue you see in the background is Lake Erie.
Inside TREC, we quickly walked around the exhibits. Harper pushed buttons on some of the exhibits and showed some interest in other exhibits. We probably spent half an hour or less inside the TREC.
From TREC we visited Presque Isle State Park. We made two stops on our drive around Presque Isle: at North Pier Lighthouse and at Waterworks Playground.
The Waterworks Playground is located adjacent to the Rotary Pavilion and across from Beach 7 (Waterworks Beach). Bob and I have passed by this playground many times. I always thought it would be a good playground at which to take our granddaughters. We didn’t take Juniper here during her one-on-one time with us because it was raining. It is a very nice playground, but the climbing ropes were somewhat scary for Harper. A bumble bee flying around didn’t help either!
From Presque Isle State Park, we drove to the local McDonald’s Restaurant and ate lunch. After lunch, we returned to the zoo.
It was 1:30 pm, when we made it back to Erie Zoo. There was still a line at the entry gate, but the line was at least a quarter of what it was at 10:00 am.
We had a good time at the zoo seeing the animals, riding the Wildlife Carousel, and riding the train. I put together a slideshow that highlights our day at the zoo.
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Also a video of the zoo train as it departs, with Harper and me on board. We are in one of the last cars; you should see Harper waving at Bob, who was recording the video.
Please click here, if you are not able to view the embedded video of the Erie Zoo train.
It was 4:15pm, when we left Erie Zoo. We stopped at Country Fair for cold drinks, before making our trek back home.
We returned Harper home at 5:45 pm. Juniper was excited to show me that she got her fingernails painted. While Bob and I had one-on-one time with Harper, Stacey had the same with Juniper. Stacey said that she and Juniper had a good day, except for the hour she spend arguing with Juniper over why she can’t go to the mall. Harper and I had “a moment” too. She was not going to sit with me in the zoo train; she was going to sit behind Grandpa, not me, on our way home. Harper was mad at me because Grandma wouldn’t let her sit on top of the bronze statue’s head at the zoo. Through no effort on my part Harper did sit with me on the zoo train, and she sat behind me on the way back home. Life with 5-year-olds….
It was a long, but fun, day. I think our next family adventure will include both of our granddaughters.