So the plan yesterday was to head to Green Lake for a nice long people-watching jaunt. But gee, we’ve done that a bunch and one thing that just hadn’t happened for me since I was a kid was a trip to the zoo, so we bagged the lake and headed to the zoo with Tea in tow.
The three of us had so much fun! It was a perfect temp day with thunder banging in the background but no rain falling our direction. Plus, all that seemed to help keep the crowds down and we had plenty of room for animal viewing and strolling. We were there early enough to see loads of animals out sunning. My favorite’s were the orangutans — they had so much personality — and the bird room which was a blast! You could buy these little feeding sticks that the birds would come right over to and start munching on. One couldn’t wait and landed right on T’s head!
We did the whole zoo at a nice, steady pace in about four hours including a stop for a light lunch in the middle. We all felt like that was plenty of time. The animals all seemed well taken care of and we had some nice moments where they would look right at you and it seemed like a real connection. That was especially true with a gorilla who spent most her time turned toward the crowd studying us all really closely. Very cool.
One thing that struck all three of us was how so many of the animals there were listed as endangered. So concerning! I absolutely hate how we as the “superior” race on the planet are doing such a poor job of taking care of it — and the incredible creatures we share it with. Completely appalling and frankly, embarrassing. I hate that future generations are sure to look back on this time in history — and these generations, including my own — as a time that humans chose material wealth and greed over planet health and kindness.
But moving back to more positive things — Our fun for the day didn’t stop there. After a nice little Saturday afternoon walk and nap, we got to head out for dinner with some of my favorites — Brie and Kyle, the engaged lovebirds, and her grandmother Pat who has made a great recovery from a broken hip — thank goodness! She looked good. We were there to talk on wedding plans for B & K’s big doings this fall, but we never lack for things to talk on! Pat, Brie and I all love to read so I picked their brains on figuring out the book The Tigers Wife. In the end, we decided ambiguity was deliberate on the author’s part. Love a good book discussion! And I took advantage of Brie again for help “fixing” one of the last plot problems with my own book.
We had a yummy dinner of homemade chicken enchiladas and killer peanut butter pie for dessert. Total yum! Glen talked about the pie the whole way home. : )
Today, we’re fogged in again this morning and enjoying a nice lazy start to the day. I have some run around to do and we plan to swing by my sister’s place for a visit. All great stuff for a moody summer day.