As if redoing our patio and taking the dogs for a run every weekday morning at 5:45am weren't enough activity, Kelsey decided last weekend that we'd participate in the monthly "Zoo Trot." No, this isn't a case of animal-vectored diarrhea, but rather a 5k (or 10k) road race through the Johannesburg Zoo. Now, I know what you're thinking - - "isn't it HOT in Johannesburg now?" - - but rest assured we never overheated because this race starts at 7AM! ON A SUNDAY! Yup, it's enough to give you the zoo trots.
Here's Kelsey with the rest of the masochistic nitwits silly enough to register before 7am!
Joining us in the trot was our friend Charné, a veteran of several nightime Zoo Trots.
Charne' and Kelsey signing up for race information. Apparently if you complete three Zoo Trots, you get a medal of some sort.
Since we got there plenty early, we had a chance to explore the Elephant Enclosure...
And tell Father Gorilla what we wanted for Christmas (hint, send us Sri Racha)
And we're off! Into the blinding 7:30am sun!
Hey ladies, SLOW DOWN! Can't you read the sign??
These two finished well ahead of us, so I can't make fun.
One of the coolest parts is running along the walkway that goes through the Lion Enclosure. Somewhere in this shot, there is a lion. It seemed much bigger and closer at the time.
Dang. Photobombed in front of the Eland area.
An exciting photofinish!....and the winner on the day? The Zoo Charity, which netted about $2500 worth of donations.