the Great Zoo Loop - 3/2010

Originally our spring break trip was supposed to go to D.C., but circumstances and, mostly, the weather sent us to the freakishly warm Plains. (Went from 38 to 88.) We wanted the trip to short and refreshing and it was.


Dates: March 30 through April 1, 2010;  3 zoos in 3 days with 2.5 sunburns


Areas Explored: the Missouri River valley from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to St. Louis, Missouri

Transportation: 2009 Grand Caravan

New Frontiers: St. Jo and the K.C. Zoo

Cast: Scott, Jessica, Andrew


Trip Notes: Day 1: Started at 4:30 a.m. and made it to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo by 1 p.m. After the zoo, drove south to historic St. Joseph, MO, for dinner and sleep. Day 2: Saw the sights around St. Jo and then headed to Independence, MO, for some history. Then we were off to Kansas City's Swope Park Zoo. That night drove across Missouri to Maryland Heights, stopping in Columbia for dinner. Day 3: Visited Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo before enjoying the afternoon at the Gateway Arch and returning home.


Zoo 1: Henry Doorly Zoo - Omaha, Nebraska

Want to see another trip we took to the Doorly Zoo in 2009?

Zoo 2: Swope Park Zoo - Kansas City, Missouri


Zoo 3: St. Louis Zoo - St. Louis, Missouri

Photos copyright 2010 by S. Plencner or J. Bezold All other content copyright 2010 by S. Plencner