Jim and I departed Charlotte at about 10am for a roadtrip to Columbia, SC. The purpose? Fun of course. Fun with Amy and her family (The Francis Family). Amy and Jim went to school together in FL. Small world. Yeah. We met up for lunch at a Publix, particularly one with a café area to dine in. We love Publix. We miss Publix. For those of you unaware, Publix is a supermarket and they don’t have any locations near us. In their deli, they makes lots of stuff, but their subs are awesome. Their bakery is to die for too. It was strange meeting friends at a supermarket for lunch but damn was it good.
We then followed Amy and Jeff and their 2 kids, Matt and Megan to the Riverbanks Zoo. We walked around. We saw animals. I snapped some photos. I won’t bore you with my animal photos. If you want to see more, you can view them by clicking here)
At one point we were standing at some entrance to an exhibit. The Francis family spoke in code about how Jim should hold the cup. Well, it was a feed the lorikeets with a nectar sorta thing. Jim was given the nectar and in we went. A bird immediately landed on his arm and licked away at the nectar. Jim tried to pet it and it bit him. Naturally the signs say it might hurt but that it’s only a nibble. The son of a bitch bird broke Jim’s skin!
For a few minutes, Jim had 2 birds. Sometimes they land on your head or your shoulder, sometimes they crap on you. Good times. Luckily there was no crapping on Jim.
What a sport. Better him than me.
After we saw all the animals we went to the botanical garden section of the zoo. It happened to be the last day of some large orchid show. I’m glad we caught it because there were some beautiful orchids on display. Some variations I’ve never seen. Here’s a few.
And as we left we saw this:
Here’s some videos from the day. They’re all short, don’t worry:
We had a blast! Maybe next time, the Francis family can meet us for some snow-tubing or other mountainy type fun stuff!