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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:06 pm

I like both of those suggestions. I'll see what I can do. :roll:
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby larrygator » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:57 pm

Some suggestions
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:05 pm

Holy Land - Seriously. Can you think of a BETTER send off to this thread??? :lol:

He's kind of sad and pathetic
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:34 pm

I just hope that whatever town Erik and Smisty move to, there will still be Oddventures.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:24 pm

The Jacksonville Zoo had been on our list for a while, being in Florida, as it is--but it wasn't until our friends Corinne and Lauren moved up there that we finally decided to make the trip.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
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Yay, a new zoo credit!
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Let's start with the aviary! Or, more precisely, an aviary. Because this zoo has a few of them. Which is good. I like aviaries. There's no joke here. Move on.
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Most of this zoo is very nice. There are a few rough sections, but this isn't one of them. It's laid out fairly well, too.
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This is the cheetah exhibit, allegedly. As almost-zoo enthusiasts, we can tell you, you're never going to see all the animals any zoo claims to have.
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"So what? I'm way cooler than any cheetah!"
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I really wanted to go on the train, but Corinne and Lauren were all like, "No, trains are stupid. Shut up, Erik."
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BFR, yo.
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YES
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NO
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This lioness was very disappointed by the fake zebra.
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No further explanation was provided, but we don't really need one, do we? I'm sure nothing bad happened. Why would anyone even think that?
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There were actually two bald eagles, but I only took a picture of one. Well, actually, I took photos of both of them, but I'm only going to show you one, because the other eagle was ugly.
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Yes, he's asleep. But very out in the open, so that's a zoological victory, really.
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Corinne, Smisty, and Lauren in front of some kind of plant monster?
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In addition to aviaries, this zoo also has lots of reptile houses. Which is, again, a good thing.
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This is a type of snake.
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And this is a frog doing pantomime.
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There's even a nice old lady exhibit. It's hard to make her out, but she's there, in the back, asleep.
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Jacksonians love feeding giraffes. This was the only thing in the zoo that was swamped.
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The gardens were a bit underwhelming--but, to be fair, it was February.
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The main restaurant was surprisingly nice.
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I didn't take a photo of the food, because I didn't want Corinne and Lauren to think me weird. In retrospect, taking a photo of the menu was probably just as bad, though....
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My favorite part of the Jacksonville Zoo was The Lost Temple. A nicely South American themed reptile house inside, and Jaguars outside.
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I'm not sure what I was going for here, but I think what I achieved was a look of smugness...?
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A mother jaguar having a sleepy lick-fight with her cub, for those of you who are into super cute things.
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And, another aviary!
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I'm not sure what kind of bird this is, but he's very excitable.
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Hmmm, I see where the kids' entrance is, but how do adults get into the maze?
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Hey, a carousel!

That adults can't ride, because screw you, Erik & Misty.
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Penguins. But the stupid kind you can see anywhere.
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Lauren is perplexed at how to brush a goat in a bucket.
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It's like they couldn't agree on what excuse to use....
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The rear end of the zoo. Or, as we almost-zoo enthusiasts call it, the back part.
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Corinne is sad because she paid a dollar to feed lorikeets but none of them are hungry. Serves her right for not letting me ride the train.
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"We are not dead," insists this rather suspicious sign.
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Randomly, a pier that you can walk out on to for legitimately no reason.

See, now, this is the reason we go places. Because, seriously, there's no reason for this and it's awesome.
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The, um...the what now?
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The Asia section is new, but has so little in it yet as for me to question why it's open at all.
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Heading back toward the front, we get some hot lemur action. By which I mean, here are some lemurs.
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Some of the primate areas were quite run down. But, to be fair, there didn't appear to be anything in those areas, so I guess that's okay...? And, anyway, this isn't a photo of that. This is a tiger.
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I actually did make everyone ride the train with me. Come on...it's me.
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The view from the train. And Erik is happy. Oh, yeah.
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An elephant and a giraffe.
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I have no idea what that is.
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Corinne is sad again because we didn't get to see the Great Ape Fight House.

And, also, she's just sad a lot.
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Lie to all your friends about the animals you saw at the Jacksonville Zoo via your refrigerator!

Thanks for reading. And thanks to Corinne, Lauren, and Alex (never properly shown, sorry) for hanging out with us and showing us around J-Town!

J-Town. That's a thing, right? I'm just assuming it is.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:25 am

This zoo definitely had some crazy signs and layout to it. I liked being able to see all the different big cats that they had. :)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Meteornotes » Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:50 am

As zoos go, this one didn't look too bad. Thanks for all the cool animal photos.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:32 pm

My in-laws live in Jakcsonville and my brother visits them often. When my nephew and niece were younger, my brother used to take them to the Jacksonville Zoo all the time. It's neat to see what is actually inside the zoo.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby cfc » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:08 am

Any zoo that has a "Great Ape Fight House" is an amazing zoo.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:21 pm

BarryH wrote:I just hope that whatever town Erik and Smisty move to, there will still be Oddventures.


Well, I'm sure there will be something. Just probably not this.

If it makes you feel any better...the Holy Land has been visited!

Now I just have to sort out all o' them pesky photos....
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