Day at the Zoo

As I write this post, it’s 9 o’clock at night, and I’ve been up since 5. Nothing is wrong; that’s just how I roll. But I’m telling you this because the truth of the matter is that I’m tired. Plain and simple. Why? Because I spent a day in the sun with the lions and zebras and gorillas and elephants at the Denver Zoo.

So instead of writing a lengthy blog where I spell out the pros and cons of zoos, I will just tell you that the day featured awesome weather, and a trip to the zoo with my sister Bec, and Kaiya, Mylee, and Cole was nearly perfect.

Thinking we would only be there for a couple of hours, the reality was that we were there until late in the afternoon. We meandered our way through the sizable zoo, stopping for a lunch of sandwiches that I’d brought from home. We took a carousel ride…..

We watched a large cape buffalo gleefully roll around in a mud puddle that he kept making even larger using his large horns. We observed the zookeepers feeding a 47-year-old male elephant named Groucho a snack of oranges, corn on the cob, and lettuce, tossing it in the water so that he got some aquatic exercise along with his snack. We (at least three of us) ate Dippin’ Dots, a frozen confection that I have yet to quite understand the draw….

Mylee made a game of finding the hidden animals around the zoo….

After our zoo experience, we had dinner and playtime at Dave and Jll’s with the cousins — at least the ones who aren’t camping with Aunt Julie (Alastair) or on a mission trip with her church youth group (Addie)…..

Following a dinner of steak, salad, veggies, and a couple of desserts, the kids went home with Court, and Bec, Bill, and I fell into our respective beds like a trio of old folks.

Fun day.

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