Day 19 – March SOLSC #sol17
I’ve been feeling a little blah these past few days. I can only take so much of the gray, gloomy, cold, rainy, and snowy days. I was in need of some fresh air and sunshine. It was about 45 degrees, the sun was shining bright, so off Emma and I went to one of our favorite places – The Bronx Zoo. Since the ground was still snow-covered, and it was chilly, I wasn’t sure what animals we’d be able to see. But we set out on our usual route – Emma and I are creatures of habit apparently.
First stop – Bison. As we were standing there watching them graze, Emma turned to me and said, “Momma, we’ve never been here with snow on the ground. You should write about this today.” (my little inspiration)
It never occurred to me, until she said it, that we never visited the zoo with snow on the ground. This was a first for us.
Second stop – Tigers. Back and forth, back and forth through the snow he paced. I would’ve stayed there watching him walk all day, but Emma had seen enough and was ready to move on.
Third stop – the Polar bear. “What do you think Emma – Will he be awake or napping?” We see him napping more than awake. Sometimes I worry when I see him napping so much – Is he lonely? Is he depressed? Does he need a friend? No need to worry today, he was awake and roaming around his habitat today. “Momma, he’s awake. Maybe he likes the real snow. It probably feels like his real home now. You know there’s lots of snow and ice where polar bears are from. Hi big guy!”
Fourth stop – up the stairs to the Brown Bears (keeping with the bear theme). In the summer, we see these guys playing in the water or wrestling around. But today, they were up on the rocks, sitting, walking, staring. Two of them seemed like they were going to play, but nope. “Momma, look. That one is trying to tap the other one. I think they’re gonna play. Wait, nope, they’re gonna sit. Oh, there he goes walking away. See that one sitting, she has lighter fur by her nose. She must be the oldest. I think the other three are the younger ones.” I just love listening to her noticings and theories.
Fifth stop – The zoo cafe. We needed a little snack and hot coco after our excursion so far. Emma is such a people watcher, a natural observer. She was sitting, eating her pretzel, watching people, and smiling.
Sixth stop – The Bug Carousel (Bugousel as Emma says). This stop served a double purpose- An enjoyable ride but also a warming station. In the winter, they make this an indoor ride equipped with amazing heat lamps. Every time we come to the zoo we have to ride on the carousel. It’s a tradition now. We sit on side by side bugs. Today, Emma sat on a Monarch caterpillar and I was on a beetle. We also benefited from substantially shorter lines today!
Seventh and final stop – The Sea Lions. We passed by the rhinos on the way to the sea lions, but just gave them a quick look. We had been hearing one of the sea lions barking since we first arrived at the zoo and were waiting to see them. Saving them for our last stop actually worked in our favor – it was feeding time! These sea lions are smart cookies and don’t need a watch. They knew what time it was and were waiting and barking on the side of the pool where the trainers come with the food. It was amazing. Clyde is the lone male and loudest in the bunch. There are two sea lion pups who played with their fish more than they ate it. But, Clyde, he was devouring fish one gulp at a time!
This was the perfect way to end a weekend and start off a new week. I’m so glad that I put the Sunday “to do” list on hold and enjoyed this day with my girl at one of our favorite places. Sunshine, fresh air, and animals turned both of our moods around.
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