This year we went to dinner with the whole family. Then we filled up the van with grammae and as many cousins as we could fit (3) and we drove into Portland.
When we arrived at the zoo at 7pm, we were expecting the parking lot to be clearing out (this was our luck in previous years). But this year...it was still full, and closed off! Oh no! So Marcus dropped us off at the entrance and by the time we did that, the lot opened and Marcus got a good spot. He met us just inside the gates.
It was a beautiful, chilly night. No rain! It was still very crowded for the first half of our visit, but it definitely thinned out for the 2nd half. We caught the last zoo train with NO lines! It was a very late night but we couldn't say no to a stop to Sesame Donuts on the way home.