March 31, 2013

The Snow IS Melting at The Minnesota Zoo

The Snow IS Melting at The Minnesota Zoo
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 31, 2013

I know the calendar says it's Spring outside, but we still have lots of snow on the ground in Minnesota!  But I was ready to go outside this weekend, so I told the family "Let's go to the Zoo!"  And that's what we did...

We were impressed to find that there were a lot of new changes to the zoo since our last visit including these brand new Buffalo Statues out front!

Although I'm not sure why they felt the need to make these buffalo so anatomically correct.  There's children that come here!

Our first stop was in Discovery Bay where we tried to pet a shark, but none of them seemed all that interested in being rubbed.

We wandered by the wave pool where we were reminded of approximately 10 years ago when Avery was three years old and quite curious about the big sponges and starfish in the water.  He was standing at my feet when he reached too far forward and fell head first into the water.  I quickly pulled him out but not before he got soaked and a huge mouthful of salt water.  Needless to say, he wasn't very happy about it.  I tried to get Avery to repeat the feat during this visit, but he wasn't that interested.

I thought Sheri seemed kind of sad while watching the seahorses, but then I realized she was just looking blue because of the reflection from the tank..

This guy didn't look too happy to see us.

Hey, no monkey business!

This was my first year realizing that I may be getting too old to have the desire to crawl through a log to stare at animals.  When the heck did that happen?

The zoo has a new bird show which we really enjoyed watching.

That is until I made the boys each go up and ask the bird lady a question after the show.  Then they started feeling like the zoo was a little bit too much like school.

Eventually we worked our way outside where we realized it was still too darn cold outside in Minnesota.

The grizzly bears didn't seem to mind the cold much.  I guess if I had a fur coat like that, I wouldn't mind either.


On Easter Sunday, we took Grandma to her church for an early morning service and then to brunch at the Mystic Lake Casino Buffet.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!

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