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When Andy and I took our big NC Thanksgiving trip, we got to see a lot of our favorite people and go to a few of our favorite NC places. One of those combinations was visiting the NC Zoo with Andy’s parents.
Andy’s parents are lifetime members, so Andy and his siblings have been visiting this zoo for literally decades. It was one of the first family traditions they included me in after he and I started dating.
I’d like to think that I bring a little something extra to the trips. After all, how many almost-30-year-olds do you see hiding out in giant gourds?
Since this was my 3rd visit, I was eager to visit my favorite animals from previous visits and see how they were doing. The Arctic Fox was solidly in his summer coat (brown) the last time I was there, so it was really interesting to see him almost completely transitioned into his fluffy white winter duds.
The otter was curled up in a sunbeam and was not even remotely interested in playing or scooting out of his nest long enough for people to get pictures, so I made do with the sculpture near his exhibit. It is one of my favorites in the park. The sea lions and seals however were having a blast chasing each other around their enclosure. Lots and lots of adorable antics to entertain the small, but steady stream of visitors trooping through their area.
The desert dome was the perfect place to warm up a bit after walking around outside. Sadly, my favorite resident, the Ocelot, was not there. He was getting acclimated to the new outdoor enclosure that was recently built but not yet open to the public. I did get to see the adorable Ringtail pictured above. Her handler was out when we where there and she told us all about Willow.
Elk derp. Evidently, that branch was the best scratching branch in the entire world.
So many gorgeous flowers were blooming in the aviary. I ended up with more pictures of them than of the birds. It was a really nice day; perfect weather and lots of laughter. It was sad not being able to see Andy’s parents on Thanksgiving Day, but we were really grateful that we still had the chance to see them.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I am wishing you a holiday full of family, friends and feasting, or at the very least enough time to catch a bit of the parade. On this day of reflection and obscene quantities of food, I want to tell you, my blog friends and family how incredibly grateful I am for the support you’ve given me the last three years. You’ve followed along as life has thrown all manner of insanity my way and you’ve been there, letting me know that no matter what, I am not alone. I love you guys, and I am so very thankful for all your love and support. A very very happy to-furkey day to you!
Image from here.
With my third wedding anniversary being last Thursday, it was really easy to think about all the things I have to be thankful for. Parts of this weeks list could seem a bit superficial, but there are lots of small luxuries that we take for granted. All those little things add up.
November 8th – Late afternoon walks with a soft cool breeze.
November 9th – Sunbeams and bird songs.
November 10th – My work family and their crazy antics.
November 11th – Having an extra day off to spend with my husband.
November 12th – Fluffy socks.
November 13th – Getting to celebrate spending the last three years married to the love of my life.
November 14th – The healing power of coffee.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful day with friends and family or at the very least good food.
Ten Things I am Thankful For:
- My family and friends – of course.
- The cooler weather that has made a special holiday appearance.
- My kitties are all back to being healthy and obnoxious.
- I don’t have to go to work on Friday.
- Stretchy yoga pants, because after all the food I feel like I am going to need them.
- That there is no Black Friday Deal that I feel the need to fight for.
- My brother in law Sam helping me figure out how to make pie crust
- That Andy is the turkey master and I got to sleep in. Hooray for the unexpected vegetarian bonus!
- That I found this recipe for cranberry sauce on Thug Kitchen.
- That Amazon has vegan marshmallows with 2 day shipping so I can make s’mores with everyone else.
Image from here.