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2008.08.26

August 26, 2008

We went to Southwick’s Zoo on Saturday.

It took us an hour to get there, the last 20 miles or so on secondary roads – leading Larry to comment that there ought to be a law that destinations must be built within 5 miles of an interstate exit.  Can you tell we’re city folk?

Anyway, after last year’s zoo visit we were prepared to be underwhelmed, but we were pleasantly surprised.  All of the enclosures had animals in them.  Granted, most of the big cats were sprawled out asleep in the shade, but they were visible nonetheless.   There was a pretty good variety of animals, and they all seemed happy and well-cared for.

The Peep thoroughly enjoyed himself, even hamming it up for the camera (unfortunately Mama missed the moment of truth, but trust me, he mugged it up).

But as is his way, he wanted no part of any of the rides – not the carousel, not the skyline, not the camel, pony, or elephant ride.  Ah well.

They also have a lightly wooded area where a herd of tame deer hang out, and you’re allowed to walk among them.  Pretty cool, even though we didn’t have change for the feed machines.  The deer are wise to it, though, and come right up to the fence before you even get inside.

We caught the tail end of one of the bird shows, and hung around for the meet-and-greet.

Of course, all the good times couldn’t possibly last.  On Sunday he woke up from his nap and promptly threw up all over the couch and surrounding area, and was feverish through the night and most of the day Monday.

He’s much better today, thankfully.

All in all it was a great few days off, but now I think I need a vacation from vacationing.  Thank goodness I go back into the office tomorrow, where I can sit still and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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