Florida – Busch Gardens, Zephyrhills

Ed the Moose is ready for Mardi Gras

On February 21, 2020, we woke up to a temperature 25 degrees below the day before – brrrr – from 81 to 56! Yeah, I know that’s not really cold, but it was a surprise. We drove from St Petersburg to Zephyrhills and checked into Happy Days RV Park, close to Tampa Bay. Early the next day we headed into Busch Gardens for the day. The theme is Africa, but they were also handing out beads for Mardi Gras.



This guy was anxious to say hello.
The penguins were fun to watch, though the plexiglass was not very clear.

What does the giraffe think about the tower ride in the background?

Alligator
Doug was impressed with the tree poses until someone pointed out that flamingo knees bend in the opposite direction to ours.
Gorilla
Another duck!
Manatee


Busch Gardens is packed with rides of all sorts – roller coasters and vertical drops, with descriptive names: Tigris, Solar Vortex, Cheetah Hunt, Falcon’s Fury! We braved the Congo River Rapids, getting soaked. We would have gone on the kiddy roller coaster, but it was embarrassing to go without a kid in tow!

Time for lunch
Yum
Cheetah
More gorillas
Late in the day we found the kangaroos and joeys. We watched an amazing sequence:
See the joey’s head – upside down?
And he or she is out!
And mama loves you
Eye to eye
Before the coronavirus, we hope.
It was a fun day.

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