A Day at the Zoo

It's Thanksgiving break... vacation days from school.
So, yesterday, we all piled in the car and headed out to the Denver Zoo. It's a sweet little zoo. It was good to get away for the day and do the simplest best thing; just hang out together. Isaac spent a lot of time watching ducks. Of all the exotic things to see, that's what he loved first and most. Now that we don't have human toddlers to push in strollers, and herd, and feed, and protect, the zoo is a whole different family experience. I still pack a huge backpack with lunch, and extra stuff. But it's less than it used to be. A trip to the zoo used to be an exhausting expedition. Now, with self-sufficient long-legged sons, there is something calming and grounding about wandering around and watching animals. I'm not sure what it is. But it's true.
During the winter, there are colored lights strung in trees throughout the park. As the sun sets, the light come on and slowly change color. It feels otherworldly. It makes me want to camp out in the zoo and stay overnight with our family, and the animals. Sadly, at 5:00pm, the zoo guards made us leave with everyone else. It was a very good zoo day.

The Leighs Top Five Favorite Animals at the Denver Zoo:
1. The Mossy Frog
2. The Arctic Fox
3. The Elephant Shrew
4. The Otter
5. The Snow Leopard

Free Days @ the Zoo in 2009 :
January 10 & 19
February 14 & 24
October 7 & 25
November 8 & 11
Questions? Contact: www.denverzoo.org