First day of a four day long weekend for me, so tried to sleep in a bit, then went to the zoo for a while.
Headed out later than usual to avoid the school crowd, and that actually worked out pretty well. More people were leaving than arriving, by that point.
I’m still not in a good space, and even he happiest place on Earth couldn’t cure my blues, but it still had its moments. I decided to not visit the pandas because I needed something more immediate than a half hour wait for thirty seconds of time, so I headed straight for my friend, Juno, the polar bear cub. Back in her big brother’s day, it was the Tundra Trek where I spent the beginning and end of my day, so it seemed a better fit. I tried taking a few deep breaths once I was in the relative quiet of the Core Woods, too, just to try and wash some of the “me” off of me.
Juno is really freaking cute. She spent a lot of time trying to get her keepers to bring out some more food once she had emptied her bowl (saving some on her nose for later like the delicate flower that she is), but did come over closer a few times, and I got some golden shots of her adorable little face. She’s getting good at taking a running jump up onto her rocks, now, too. I still have yet to see her in her pool, though.
I swung by to check on a few other friends – the giraffes, white lions, Watusi, penguins – but I spent a great deal of time with the gorilla troop. I was even there for most of the keeper talk, and then spent several minutes chatting with the keeper more after, too. I love being around that family. They never fail to just calm the world down. My heart was so down today that I had tears in the corner of my eyes more often than not, but still…they are just so much love. And Charles is such a big kid when it’s treat time during the keeper talk. Totally chill, but so kid-like he makes me heart explode sometimes. Don’t even GE me started on Nneka, either. That baby girl, man. She is really something else. I will miss seeing her and Nassir together, but she’s really growing into a sweet, hilarious, Independant youngster, and I’ m enjoying watching her interactions with everyone else, now, too.
Baby Lynx, a zoomobile ride through Eurasia, Dairy Queen, time spent with a friend, and then home to the critters I love most.
With the very real possibility that I’ll do at least some of it again tomorrow. Maybe by then I’ll be able to enjoy it more, too.