Spring Bucket List #7: Feed the Ducks

This adventure found me at Lafayette Park on a glorious day:

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Amazingly enough, it did not rain. Just dark and not crowded, which was great.

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When I first arrived, all of the water fowl were on the opposite side of the little pond/lake/body of water. But I started chucking small pieces of bread in, and that got their attention.

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Goslings!

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Then it attracted everyone’s attention and suddenly it was time to go

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  1. Go on a Picnic
  2. Go on a Hike
  3. Have a Barbecue
  4. Visit the Zoo
  5. Make Smoothies
  6. Visit the Central Library downtown
  7. Feed the Ducks
  8. Visit a New Park
  9. Have an Afternoon Tea
  10. Bake Cupcakes
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How I Spent Halloween: A Photo Essay

Not really.

I mean, I dressed up, we went to the Zoo, and watched scary movies. Typical Halloween. But I know how much you all love to know what I’m up to.

There will be quite a few photos in this post, though.

Me

The new Grizzly Ridge at the St. Louis Zoo is finally open. And it’s awesome!

Grizzlies

Kali

seal

hippo

These two were leading me on a wild hippo chase. Swim to one end, pivot quickly, swim back. It was hard to get a good shot because they would not stop moving.

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cheetah

This cat could smell my cat. I’m sure of it.

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hyena

You and me both, babe.

Summer Bucket List #4: Visit the New Polar Bear (Photo Heavy)

He’s adorable!

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As much as he can be in the sweltering St. Louis heat. I bet he’ll be gorgeous when it gets cooler and he’s more comfortable

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Mom and I went early this morning and had a great time

Tell me this is not the coolest mohawk you’ve ever seen

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This is how you accessorize: make sure your claws match your beak. And remember: black goes with everything

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It never fails. These gazelle always have their eye on me when I approach

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Of course, if we’re being honest, we all know it’s because I’m going to jump over the barrier and snatch up that baby to take home with me

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Giraffes!

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Kangaroos just hanging out

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“Stop taking my picture, human, and toss down a steak. Rare.”

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Extreme closeup!

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Now it’s naptime

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Trip to the Zoo (photo heavy)

As I mentioned a while ago, work has cut my hours. And while that kicks my wallet in the balls, it does give me extra free time, like going to the zoo with my mom. And her four year old nanny charge. For three hours.

 

They have their Halloween decorations out

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Which just means there were pumpkins and hay bales scattered throughout. But hey- effort.

Capybara

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Black rhino

Mom: Why do they call it a black rhino when it’s brown?

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These hippos are CUDDLING. All three were squeezed into this one corner

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Elephants!

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Always gotta get that good elephant butt shot

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My favorite, my babies the prairie dogs

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Seals!

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This seal was rubbing up against the glass because it thought the woman’s spotty bag was a spotted seal.

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All together class: Awwww

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Monkey butt

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I can’t remember what this is, but Oh. My. God. GIMME.

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When we first arrived, I was tasked by Grace to obtain the baby giraffe for her. Not a problem. Until we made it to the Red Rocks area of the zoo.

All the animals here kept staring at me. LIKE THEY KNEW.

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Not the kangaroos. They fell asleep on the job.

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So the baby giraffe is a lot bigger than I remembered.

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And I was all four strapping the four year old to the roof to fit the giraffe into the car, but apparently some people frown on that. Jerks.

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Alas, no giraffe for Grace. I hope she doesn’t hate me too much.

Tiger

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The leopard who was a thousand percent done with this day

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Zebras

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Sleepy puma

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Tucked between a rock and a hard place- specifically, a wooden pallet

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Not pictured: my lunch of chicken strips and fries and my ice cream cone. Sorry.

Sunday Tradition (photo heavy)

Yeah, I’ve already broken it. I know. I slept so deliciously but it was so hot when I woke up this morning.

 

I know.

 

Instead I’m going to blog about Lone Elk Park.

 

I work in a little cubicle. I don’t do a whole lot outside of work, so when Sunday rolls around, I’m usually suffering from cabin fever and begging Richie to take me for a drive. Usually we don’t because he mumbles something about “tired” “heat” and “wasting gas”. If we do go for a drive, sometimes it’s through local neighborhoods so I can look at the houses.

 

But this time we went for an actual drive. I knew Richie would never tell me and I would never guess, so it was a pretty quiet drive. However, when we made it out past Fenton, I was thoroughly confused.

 

Lone Elk Park.

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Now, this was once a big outdoor area, and the military came in and killed all the animals except for one elk. (see where I’m going with this?) The military eventually left and this became a reserve for elk and bison.

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Me: Why did the military take over this area?

Richie: Strategery.

 

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We didn’t see any bison, but we did see a bunch of elk and deer

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A little explorer

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A birthday cake

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And this little fellow.

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Unimpressed raccoon is unimpressed.

 

Oh, visitors’ center selfie.

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