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16/52: Spring - Butterflies at the Wild Animal Park!

August 8, 2017


If you're a native San Diegan, you have probably already spotted my "error." By force of habit, and pure stubbornness, it will always be the Wild Animal Park (WAP). I don't care that the name has been officially changed! 


We don't make it out to the WAP very often, but I love it when we do. It's a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Balboa Park and the zoo. We love to see the animals roaming around together, and especially taking the tram ride around the park. It has been years since we had visited the seasonal butterflies. We always seem to just miss them. Sweet Westley was adamant about visiting them this year. So over spring break we took the trip to enjoy this once a year experience. I was thrilled when I noticed that the photo theme that week was spring. What makes you think of spring more than butterflies fluttering around beautiful flowers? We arrived shortly after the park opened and walked straight to the butterfly exhibit, only to find out that there was an hour long line! I couldn't believe it. I had a feeling that these boys wouldn't wait for an hour to meet a room full of butterflies. We got in line and discussed our options. I told them that if they decided to not wait that this would be our only opportunity this year. We would not be coming back before they closed the exhibit. Jed and Malachi wanted to bolt. They were ready to go see the bigger animals and could honestly care less about the butterflies. But Westley, sweet Wes, he wanted to see them! So we waited. It was long, but they did amazing. I was so proud of how well they held it together. By the time we got to the last bend of the line the people around us started telling me how amazing my boys were, and how impressed they were. That's when it happened. Mom's of kids know that moment, right? It's


almost like a light switch is turned on and your kids go nuts! They were just being silly, playing with the boy in front of us, and jumping around. I was beginning to think that it was all a mistake. That there is no way that we could go into the exhibit now! We were going to be turned away at the door and not be able to enjoy the beautiful greenhouse. As we got closer and closer I started begging them to calm. I got down to their level and explained what we were entering in to and begged them to cool their jets! Thank goodness they heard and understood. You walk through a double door, then a plastic chain barrier, into a magical area filled to the brim with flowers, fluttering butterflies, and people. Tons of people. I was very clear that I wanted to get pictures of them holding butterflies. So, we patiently held our cups of butterfly food and were ecstatic when we were able to see them up close. We meandered through the exhibit and managed to capture some beautiful moments. As we left I thanked Jed and Malachi for letting Wes and I visit with the butterflies. We all agreed that it was worth the wait, and we are looking forward to going back next year!  














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