Over Thanksgiving break, we decided to take advantage of finally having a Saturday to ourselves and go to the zoo. Sidenote-Ben and I run the Drama Club at the high school and we have been rehearsing of the the fall play which opens this weekend, so we haven't had a fully free Saturday for a while.
Anyway, Ben googled directions and we were set to go. The zoo is up in Yokohama, just north of us, and we followed our directions without any problems, until we got there. Because our directions took us not to the zoo, but to the Yokohama City Hall. Oops. Thank heavens Ben speaks Japanese. He found someone who knew how to get to the zoo and got directions. Unfortunately it was an hour drive and several toll roads away. We simply didn't have the time or the yen to do it. But we saw signs for Yamashita Park very close by, and one of Ben's co-workers had suggested it to us, so off we went. We were even able to score a free curbside parking spot just a block from the park (and if you've ever tried to park a car in Japan you know what a miracle this is).
Ellie had so much fun running around and looking at the water and the boats and all the people. It is apparently a very popular park along the waterfront of bay in Yokohama.
We even saw a mediocre juggler (really it's hard to be impressed after seeing the Shanghai Circus), and bunnies on leashes. So it was almost like a zoo.
She's sure the charmer with her winning smile.
Plus Ben and Ellie bought an ice cream to share-even though it was pretty chilly. And we all know that ice cream makes any outing a success.