March 10th, 2013

kid flash

Busy weekend

This has definitely been a different kind of weekend. Dad arrived at about five on Friday, and we went out to dinner with him and Sarah's family. Nothing especially exciting happened there, except for Logan being rather uncooperative, which was a little unusual for when we've gone out to eat with him, but we don't know about other times. Anyway, I'll just skip ahead to yesterday (Saturday), when we got to go to the zoo! Yay!

Unbeknownst to us, but beknownst to Sarah except she had forgotten, they were having a special event called Frogs & Fairytales, so there were a bunch of little kids (and some grownups, too!) dressed as princesses and princes and knights. We don't see a lot of boys dressed up as princes or knights at Disneyland, so we were afraid the genre that has princesses was becoming an Only For Girls thing, and it was really nice to see so many boys in costume at the zoo. There was a cute conversation between a little boy and his mother (his sister was dressed as Snow White, but he wasn't dressed up), where he said, "We have to make sure to find my princess!" and his mom said, "Okay, who's your favorite princess?" "Princess Aurora!"

It was neat, because they had passport stations at some of the exhibits. There was a Little Red Riding Hood station by the wolves, and a Billy Goats Gruff station at the petting zoo, and a Tortoise & the Hare station by an exhibit with tortoises and cute little guys called duikers, and a station by the grizzly bear but we didn't see what it was. We were in a hurry to see one of the animal talk things. But before I go into that, there was something we noticed last time we went to the zoo that I forgot to mention.

In the reptile house, they have a big scary guy called a Gaboon viper. It's a kind of a short snake from Africa, and it's really really fat. The significance of this is that there's a cryptozoological creature in Japanese culture called a tsuchinoko that's a short fat snake. We can't help but wonder if there's a connection.

Anyway, we went to the sea lion talk first (of the talk thingies), and it was pretty fascinating. They have an adorable little harbor seal named Ariel, and they told us all the ways to tell a seal from a sea lion. We used to tell people you can tell because a sea lion has ear flaps, and then somebody was like, "But don't seals have those, too?" and we were like, "I don't think so..." but we hadn't seen any seals recently enough to know for sure. Now we do know for sure, and seals do not have those, too. Also their flippers are different, and seals have spotted coats, while sea lions have solid colored coats. We also learned that all of the marine mammals at the Fresno zoo are rescues. One of them had some bad scarring, and they said that one of them is completely blind. They've built a pretty great habitat for them, though, so now they have a pretty sweet place to live where they don't have to be at the mercy of ocean predators. (One of them actually is a shark attack survivor.)

We also went to the zebra talk, where the docent doing the talking bore a remarkable resemblance to Oreo's amazing veterinarian. We even thought about asking her if they were related, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it. But the zebras at this zoo are especially cool, because they have lighter, shadow stripes between their black stripes. So it's like a white horse with alternating black and gray stripes.

The otter exhibit, sadly, was not open yet. But it's starting to look like it's going to be a really cool exhibit when it does open. ...And I don't think there's much else to say about the zoo, because the rest of it would be better told with pictures. We'll see if we get around to that. We did get some pretty cool pictures in the rainforest aviary type place. Those Inca terns are not shy.

After a while at the zoo, we left and had lunch, and then we all split up and entertained ourselves until Celeste finished up at the Time Out For Women convention thing she was attending, and then we went to Sarah's place to eat the pie we'd bought at Marie Callender's on Friday. There was some good conversation and a lot of Logan pushing people around (literally).

Today Dad went to church with Celeste, and then we went back to Sarah's and met up with a woman from Sarah's ward who knew Dad in college. She's from Italy, and she says Italians talk a lot, and that's exactly what she did. We spent a long time listening to her, and it was pretty entertaining for the most part, but there were some times where she was talking about stuff we had a hard time relating with, so we turned our attention to the Lion King, which had been turned on for Logan's benefit (with the volume down really low), or to Logan. Then we came home, talked with Dad for a while, watched Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, and now here we are. Tadah!

Today I'm thankful for zebra talk at the zoo, sea lion talk, accommodating condors, getting to go to the zoo, and having a good time with family.