January 19, 2014

Memories of the Minnesota Zoo


Memories of the Minnesota Zoo
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for January 19, 2014


Our membership to the Minnesota Zoo is about to expire, so we thought we'd head there one more time for a trip down memory lane.  We've been going to the zoo with the boys since before they could walk.  I remember a time when our whole family could fit into one of these shark tank viewing holes.  That's not quite possible any more.  We're all just too big.


When Avery was just starting to learn how to walk, I had brought him over to this tide pool for him to reach in and touch the live starfish contained in the tank.  Somehow, I lost my grip on him while he was reaching forward and he fell face first into the water.  By the time I pulled him out, the whole top part of his body had been submerged.  Needless to say, he wasn't a happy camper.  We thought it would be fun to re-enact that scene, although Avery wasn't willing to get his hair wet this time.

We covered all of the indoor exhibits and even stepped outside for a few of the outdoor ones.  The animals still on display were quite active running around their frozen enclosures.  I figured they must have been trying to stay warm.  It's gotta be a long winter for all them critters.

The bears have the right idea sleeping until Spring.  The sign says that they could be awakened so technically they weren't hibernating, but when I knocked on the window I could barely get them to grunt.  Seemed like they were hibernating to me.


Pretty Bird!


On Saturday night, we went to Benihana with the Zitzewitz Family.  Nothing like a little Yum Yum sauce to celebrate good times with friends!!  I sure do love their shrimp.


Volcano!


After our wonderful experience with the Tepanyaki cuisine, we headed over to Dave and Buster's to kill some nasty zombies.  We've been battling them quite awhile on our phones and TV's at home, but for some reason they just keep coming and we try to do our part to rid the earth of this menace.  You can thank us later.

On Sunday night, we went to Grandma Linda's for a home cooked family dinner.  We've been bugging her to have us over for awhile and finally she caved and hooked us up with some roast, baked beans, corn, and Steiner Diner Hash Browns.  Good stuff, Mom!