My Favorite Minnesotans

Well, better late than never, they always say.

Who "they" are, I haven't the foggiest, but I nevertheless agree.

As I mentioned in my previous post, (Holy crap! That was only.... YESTERDAY!)  last month daughter and I once again journeyed to our favorite home-away-from-home, Minneapolis.

Yes, we shopped at the Mall of America (um, duh)

Yes, we shopped at IKEA (I always get lost...)

Yes, we shopped at Albertville (75% off is my kind of deal)

Yes, we shopped at some antique stores (natch)

And yes, we returned to the fab Minnesota Zoo to say HAI! to some of our most-favorite Minnesotans.

Since it was going to be an unbelievable 45 C with the humidity, we made sure we got there as soon as it opened at 10 am. First stop, the Grizzlies - and because we were there early, it was in fact, "Feeding Time At The Zoo".

If I were him, I would count my fingers post-munchy-mealtime. Check that. If I were him, I would be flat on my back passed out the second those huge claws hit the cage.


Now THESE little guys I could feed; however they obviously do just fine fending for themselves (lookit the tummy!) ... nom, nom, nom...


After just an hour of seeing bears, leopards, bison, deer, coyotes and even a tiger, we were sweltering. Time to head to the cool indoor exhibits. But on the way, we stumbled across a bird show that was just starting. Here's were we found the cutest owl of all in the (thank the stars) shaded ampitheatre:  Hai Geezer!


He even posed with daughter. What a sweetie! He sits that way to keep cool... being an owl from South America, he LOVES the heat.

I, on the other hand, did not. So inside we ventured to Discovery Bay where we once again stumbled across a show just starting: the Bottlenose Dolphins were incredible. Then we happened upon some newcomers from whence last we visited. These Penguins were hilarious -- and way too quick to get a good clear shot of:


Now THIS kind soul had the decency to keep still during the photoshoot. I do believe he keeps still for ALL photo ops. And all day. And all night.... He looks rather proud to have the distinction of never ever having a blurry portrait, doesn't he?


Four hours zoomed by and the heat was unbearable, so we headed back to the MoA for some air-conditioned fun-ness at the newly revamped Underwater Adventures. The awesome Seahorse Exhibit never fails to amaze


as well as the bizzare JellyFish exhibit in all it's psychedelic glory


Once we were sure we had visited everyone we had come to see, we bade a fond farewell to our furry, feathery and scaley Neighbors To The South.

After all, we had more shopping to do.


11 People would rather be commenting:

Lesley said...

Hey! I'm glad you're back! I've missed your posts, they always bring a smile to my face. Loved the pic of the bird.

Beth said...

Hey thats my zoo! I love that place...the penguins are to die for! How warm is 45 C?

Babs-beetle said...

Oh what a fantastic zoo! I must visit one next year, after seeing this post :)

113f is almighty hot! I think I would die from heat.

Daisy said...

I am strangely fascinated by those jellyfish. They are beautiful!

Maureen said...

Thanks Lesley! And thank you. Yeah, Geeezer was such a sweetie. I wanted to take him home.

Beth: Lucky you! I LOVE it there! 45 is WAY TOO HOT! As Babs said, yeah 113 F. But that was with the humidity. Insane.

Babs: It is wonderful... they keep adding and changing the place so it's great to return! And yes, I nearly died from the heat; thank the stars my car has AC.

Daisy, those jellyfish WERE cool. All sizes and shapes. Unfortunately it is really hard to take photos; it is pitch black in there and they light up the tubes of water with fluorescent lights to make them glow. AND they are surprisingly quick!

~*Connie*~ said...

great post, and great photos!! thanks for the giggle.

JoJo said...

About time you came back! Sounds like you guys had a good time in MN! Beautiful animal shots, esp. the jellyfish!

Jen As Herself said...

Whoa! I can't believe after so many years (ok, like maybe two) I found your blog again while randomly scrolling through the Mom Blogs community late at night. Wild!

Seeing your blog brought back so many memories! I can't believe you're still at it.

~ Jen (a million blogs later)
(Formerly known as Huckdoll) ;)

Maureen said...

Thanks Connie!

Jo-Jo! I need to visit you again soon... will do that and thank you! Yeah, we had a great time. It's always fun to travel with daughter; we are way too much alike.

Jen! Well holy crap... a blast from the past! I just got back from reading your new blog and commenting; so much fun to read your stuff. Thanks for popping by so I could find you again!

VE said...

Did you get to visit Jeff? He's so busy these days with actually working. Work...what a bother...

Maureen said...

VE: Nope, sadly I haven't seen Jeff in years. But I make sure to yell "HI!" as we whizz by on the I94 whenever we pass by. I wonder if he ever hears me?

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