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Weekend Wanderings

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Weekends are wonderful things, aren’t they? Perfect for relaxing and exploring this wide world that surrounds us, how many of us actually take advantage of the gift of weekends? When is the last time that you’ve used them to do something that you haven’t done in a long time, something that you’ve never done before, or something that you wanted to do just for you?

Last weekend, the boy and I started out on our list of waterfalls to explore for the summer. We say some truly beautiful sights and got to wander along the trails and make note of places that we would like to return to for further exploration this summer and in the years to come. This weekend, we decided to try something different.

We went to the zoo.

Now, I’ll admit it. Most of the time, I think of going to the zoo as something that only little kids do on field trips, or something that families with children go out and do. But, when we got there, not only were there families with children, there were also the young couples like us as well as the elderly couples who were enjoying the sights as well.

Sometimes it’s nice to have that reminder to do something you view as ‘childish’ or ‘non-adult’ (aka serious) and just relax and enjoy the day as it goes by and enjoy each moment as it comes along. It can be as simple as going ‘awwww’ when you see a baby tiger cub (pictures below) or just enjoying a nice dinner and drinks with someone you care about.

With that in mind, I challenge you, dear readers, to find something on your next day(s) off to do that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Drag out those cameras or camera phones and take pictures of what you see! Go for a walk or a hike with someone you love or by yourself. Enjoy being surrounded by nature for a bit. Go to a park. Go to a farmer’s market and see what local products you can find. Treat yourself to something you enjoy.

All in all, just take a moment, have a breather and relax. Get in touch who you are and discover or rediscover things that you love doing. It seems like so many people lose who they are in the struggle to get to that next step in life. I’ll admit it, I do from time to time. I worry about where I should be in life compared to where I am or where I think I should be/want to be. But there are times that we all need to step back and just let out that big breath and calm that inner voice for a bit.

So relax. Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you smile. Just be you!

And now that this post has entirely wandered away from me, I’ll drag it back on track to share with you some of the pictures from this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Our first stop was the Red Wolf exhibit. This beautiful wolves are slowly making a comeback :)

Our first stop was the Red Wolf exhibit. These beautiful wolves are slowly making a comeback ๐Ÿ™‚

Red Wolf pair

Red Wolf pair.

Walrus was enjoying floating on its back and lazing about for everyone.

Walrus was enjoying floating on its back and lazing about for everyone.

I seeeeee you!

Happy Puffin is happily splashing in the water :)

Happy Puffin is happily splashing in the water ๐Ÿ™‚

Angry Puffin was rightfully angry. The other kept grabbing at its breast feathers and pulling them! I would get angry at him too if he kept doing that to me…

This sea otter was floating happily with its friend and just looking adorable in general. The glass was a little smudged, so it was hard to get a good picture, but I did my best!

This sea otter was floating happily with its friend and just looking adorable in general. The glass was a little smudged, so it was hard to get a good picture, but I did my best!

This little Arctic Fox was looking a little scruffy- it was shedding its soft white winter coat in favor of a dark brown one and was filling its enclosure with scraps of white fluff ๐Ÿ™‚

This Sumatran Tiger was one of the two that was in the enclosure. Both were about a year old and were enjoying playing tag for most of the time we were there, but I caught the male at a relaxing moment finally.

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This little adorable cub is one of the newest additions to the Tiger family. Named Kali, I believe. She had just laid down for her afternoon nap, but was still a cutie. Once she is old enough, her caretakers will work on finding her a mate that is suitable and is of a different bloodline than her in order to reduce the amount of inbreeding that has occurred over the last several years.

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Seeking refuge from the two young tigers nearby, this big cat is finally able to start relaxing in a moment of solitude.

ย ย  Hopefully, you enjoyed looking at the pictures from our weekend adventure! We had a blast and enjoyed our time while we were there and are hoping to go back again sometime this summer. I realize I spaced on including it earlier, but this was a trip to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, for any that were wondering ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you’ll return for our weekday series!

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4 responses

  1. The last time I went to the zoo were eons of years ago, I think I was in the elementary grade…lol!
    Loved those animals especially the big cats.
    ๐Ÿ˜€

    May 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  2. Enjoyed your story. Thanks for the reminder about getting out. It is important. Now I have to get my weekend “getting away” photo’s out.

    May 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    • Thanks for dropping by! Can’t wait to see your pictures if you decide to post them ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  3. Oh my goodness great pictures. The tigers…awe to all three!

    With hunt test season upon is, our weekends are pretty much scheduled through Summer and probably Fall…lol. Next day I have nothing going on, I’m vegging. ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 22, 2013 at 4:26 am

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