Monday, July 19, 2010
By Request - The Parrot Jungle!
KD wanted to see some updated pictures of the old Parrot Jungle, nowadays known as "Pinecrest Gardens"....so this morning, I packed up my 6 year old and we headed over to spend some time there.
(PLEASE CLICK ON ALL PICTURES TO OPEN THEM UP FULL SIZE.
SOME OF THEM ARE NOT SHOWING UP RIGHT ON HERE)
You can see that for the most part, the entrance has remained the same, though some old timers may remember that this wasn't even the original entrance...we'll see pictures of that later.
All the big, old ficus trees still shade the parking lot.
I think it's amazing how the ficus roots have grown into such cool archways.
A few years back, they added this fun splash ground for kids. $3 for all day - you can't beat it!
So many amazing plants...all different shapes, sizes and colors. All that's missing are the parrots!
Well...the flamingos are missing, too.
There was a swan, some geese, ibis and ducks all chilling out in the old flamingo pond.
The petting zoo is empty.
Wonder what's up with that?
The paths still meander through a tropical jungle filled with different palms, cypress and birds of paradise...turtles sun themselves on rocks and koi splash around them.
There are alot of old, empty cages still along the path. I may be weird, but I kind of like that they've left them there...
They've also left an old parrot stand up. See it on the right? Looks like branches. (You may have to click on the picture to open it up larger to see it all)
Above was what used to be the original entrance to Parrot Jungle. Pinecrest has recently renovated it. It doesn't look exactly the same as it did, but sometimes ya gotta give 'em credit for doing what they did anyway!
And thus ended our visit.
Thanks, KD, for giving us an excuse to go back. I always enjoy coming here.
Remember, if any of you have any other site requests, let me know!