Monday, September 03, 2007

Zippity Zoo

We had a blast at the zoo this past weekend. Living in Illinois, we have access to all kinds of neat attractions--including the Brookfield Zoo! It was a lot of fun to just hang out, enjoy the phenomenal summer weather (not too hot, nice breeze), and look at everything through the eyes of a two year old. Her favorites include the giraffes (which were close enough to touch), the elephants (who were acting goofy and bumping into each other) and the apes (where she was dumbfounded by a large primate playing with its feet--she thought it was doing Little Piggies on its toes).

The most exciting part for all of us was the Stingray Bay exhibit. Now, stingrays have gotten a less than stellar reputation since the tragic and untimely death of Steve Irwin but they are truly amazing and from what we saw, very docile. And in this case, the poisonous barbs are trimmed off to avoid potential injuries for the visitors. For the low price of a dollar, we got to go into the tank area and put our hands in the water, and actually touch the stingrays as they swam around. We didn't even really have to reach out. The swam right up to us and brushed against our hands.

We went to the Safari Grill for lunch and had our first experience with Dippin' Dots, too. All in all, it was a peaceful day. And for your viewing pleasure...

I am one lucky lady!

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