Mammals, Caves, and Sharks OH MY! - My Family Travels
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            On August 4th 2008 I went on a trip the wild zoo teen and I will never forget. I volunteer at Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, and at the end of every summer we all go on a trip to get out of Salina, Kansas. Last year our trip included Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Cave of The Winds by Denver, and the Denver Aquarium.

            Being with all of my friends in a car singing songs like little kids, talking about everything, telling stories, and playing truth or dare was just half of the fun of being on the trip to Colorado. After awhile we ran out of things to do, so the last hour took forever.

            Finally we arrived at Cheyenne Mountain zoo where the hosts were ready to start an overnight. They took us up to where we were staying for the night. Then they brought in snacks and told us what the plans where for the night. After everyone was finished went into their education area where they showed us the animals they used when they would go on programs and show the kids. We all got to pet a few animals and also learn a thing or two as well. By that time we were ready for the nocturnal hike. The hosts took us to their aviary, the giraffes inside enclosure, their ape building, and the reptile house. All of a sudden a friend and I were walking and my friend asks me…“What is that?” “What.” “Those dark things over in that corner.” “Oh, those are probably trashcans…wait, they are moving!” “Umm, we better tell the chaperones.” “That would probably be a good idea.” After telling the chaperones they told us, “Hey guys, black bears are behind us, we gotta get moving.” Wow! That was insane and that hike through those mountains wore me out.

            The next day we were off to Cave of The Winds. Our Tour Guide was waiting for us to tell us the rules and precautions. As we went through the cave, our Tour Guide showed us some really interesting structures that were naturally made. Some of the structures were funny too, like E.T. Phone Home Finger, The Leaning Towers of Pisa, and a giant’s foot impression on the ceiling of the cave. Next, it was off to the Denver Aquarium.

            The Denver Aquarium was what I was looking forward to the most. I love sharks and haven’t really seen many in my lifetime. I ran through everything just to get to the end to see the sharks. I stood in front of the glass looking in and saw the biggest sharks I personally have ever seen and stared in amazement. I looked into the eyes of a shark and watched its mouth open and close as it swam by me. I couldn’t move, I wasn’t scared; I was struck with astonishment I could be so close to something so interesting. I was by the sharks so long my friends dragged me away to pet slimy stingrays and manta rays, but the feeling didn’t bother me. After those hours of looking at sharks, stingrays, and manta rays it was time to go to the hotel.

            The zoo teens and chaperones unpacked they’re things ready for a night of rest after a long and entertaining trip. The next day it was time to head back to Salina, Kansas with a bunch of memories I will never forget. Don’t think I went home with just memories; I went home with $200 worth of souvenirs as well. 

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