Saturday, January 23, 2010

September... short and sweet.

Though nothing of extreme importance or excitement seemed to happen in September the calmness of everyday humor and routine is what we needed. So these pictures are a random assortment of everyday and a couple visits to the Syracuse zoo.
Quite the ensemble my crazy pants put together. Note the chocolate around the mouth, the bright red slippers, the pink sunhat, toy dog, and cat toy. The cat toy she actually was using as a trumpet...
Playing glow-in-the-dark frisbee in the front yard.
Chocolate dream cake. Made it like four times in two weeks. HEAVENLY...

The Syracuse zoo is called Rosamond Gifford Zoo. It is a small zoo but pretty nice and they seem to be trying to improve parts of it. There are a couple of really cool exhibits there - the penguin habitat is really neat, and the lions are right up close and personal. I'm pretty possessive of my Hogle zoo but I feel lucky to have a zoo so close here. Plus we get in for free with our Hogle membership because they are sister zoos.
Crazy pants at the zoo
Kate watching the elephant. The elephant habitat is a little odd - there is a small area painted like an Indian temple or something, then there are two or three other elephants in a plain grass enclosure further down the zoo. I think that's the next big project.
At the goat/sheep barn.
There's a fake bladder under this cow that sprays the "milk" (it's actually just water) into buckets. Kate freaked out a little at the "milk" on her hands and wanted to wash them immediately.
The lion enclosure is quite small but the three lions in there (a brother and his two sisters) are right up close and personal. Around halloween there was a little kid dressed as a pumpkin and the lions just prowled back and forth following the pumpkin. :) After they eat they roar for a few minutes and the ground shakes. It's intense.

The penguin habitat is neat. There are several areas that are covered with windows so you can watch them dive and swim. They are fast!
Kate wasn't too thrilled about riding the fake tiger. The tiger enclosure is just a vast area of grass, weeds, and trees but the viewing area is above so you can actually see the tiger a lot of the time. It prowls along a path by the fence.

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