Spring doesn’t official arrive, according to our family, until the zoo opens.
And it has. We're past the beastly winter and on into glorious warm-weather days, when we can stroll through the zoo and visit a host of wonderful wild creatures.
The first zoo trip of the year is an annual highlight.
Usually, it’s a little brisk out, so we bundle up. We don’t mind, because the cooler weather tends to make the zoo animals considerably more animated than usual.
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Now that we have grandchildren (OK, now that he has grandchildren. Well, I guess I can say that they're my grandkids too, even if their parents were wedding presents.), we have another excuse (as if we needed one) to visit the zoo. We even have annual passes, which we never had with our own kids.
The zoo brings out the beast in all of us, but in a good way.
Within a few minutes, the grownups among us forget our adulthood, joining the kids in their crowing and crazy antics.
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We peek at the monkeys and peer at the penguins. We howl at the wolves, wave to the wallabies, joke about the giraffes, and roar with the lions. We strut like the storks, lumber like the hippos, laugh at the llamas, and honk with the elephants.
One of these days, the zookeepers will probably have to kick us out - or lock us up and start feeding us.
Maybe you know the feeling.
Do you run straight for the reptile house, poke around the petting zoo, walk right to the wildlife area, or make a beeline for the bird sanctuary?
Happy zoo days – another great reason to get outdoors.
Photos by Linda Ann Nickerson
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