Isn't she beautiful? This past Saturday, my family and I went to the MN Zoo. We were celebrating the girl's birthday a little late this year. When I asked her this past spring what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said "Go to the MN Zoo." Easy enough. I'm so glad she's easy to please and not at all demanding of unrealistic gifts and attention. (Okay, brag over -- for now.)
As happens often in our experience, the expense made us blink. It was nearly 70 dollars for our family of four to get day passes to the zoo. For an additional 25 dollars, we could become members of the zoo for one year. So that's what we did. Now, as members of the zoo, we can come as often as we like for the next year. Which will be nice. There are many exhibits indoors at the MN Zoo, so we can come in the dead of winter when crowds are fewer, and see the animals. And trust me, the tigers are way easier to see when there is snow down than when the grass is waist high in their multi-acre exhibit.
The highlight of the day for me, among many great moments, was getting to feed a giraffe. A once in a lifetime experience. Heather's favorite animal of all time is the giraffe, and she got close enough to get licked by that spotted skyscraper. Me too!
All in all, it was a wonderful, stress-free day. Peter took a zillion pictures with his new camera, and the kids and I walked (A LOT! It's a sprawling zoo.) and looked and people watched and got THIS CLOSE to a bull moose.
On the writing front, I mulled over a story idea set in a zoo. (How could I help it?) And I'm all finished with the read-through edits for Lily and the Lawman and am ready to put new words on starting today.
How about you? What'd you do this weekend, and what are the plans this week?