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Ah, the conundrum --

Getting up early on Saturday morning does truly suck, but my, does it make for a terrific Saturday! Here it is only 8 in the evening, and I've been going going going since around 6:30, when we got up to go out to the ACS Cancer Walk around Tempe Town Lake, which has been all repaired and is once again full of water, fish, and kayaks.

(For anyone who doesn't know, several months ago one of the rubber "bladders" that comprise the dams which hold the water IN Tempe Town Lake -- perhaps one of the largest fake lakes in existence, constructed in the middle of the Salt River bed -- burst, and all the water raced downstream to the Gila River, which is where the Salt River normally goes.)

Then we went home briefly, dropped off the dog (who had not been at all run down by a three-mile walk) and headed out again for the Free Event at the Phoenix Zoo sponsored by my company. YAY, Zoo!

Which does, of course, lead to Day 66, although there may be more than one...



Isn't she lovely? This is the Sumatran tiger:



And just for fun, here's Arizona New Mexico's state bird, no where near the coyote:



Monkeys! The monkey village allows you to get up close and personal:





And birds, lovely tropical birds!



And prairie dogs, being watched over by the neighboring vultures:







There are a LOT more -- but that's enough for now.


Then we came home and I made a lovely beef pot pie, we had Barb's mom over for dinner, and sat down with her, sillymagpie and tiirz. Lovely evening, and now we're watching Victor/Victoria, which I've been in the mood for.

Have written MAYBE fifteen words today. This is not going to go well this year, I'm thinking.

And now tired and ready for bed -- have to Clean All The Things tomorrow, since we wing away to Florida next Saturday!

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nutmeg3
Nov. 7th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Zoo! Now I know where I want to go if I ever make it out there to visit. That tiger shot is gorgeous, and I love the monkeys, too. Well, I love them all, but...you know.
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I was really happy with how the tiger shots came out! She was being VERY cooperative!

Monkey Village is tons of fun. They hop and leap all over the place. And we could have watched those prairie dogs all day!

cornerofmadness
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
great pictures

ouch to the word count
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Hopefully I'll make it up here SOONish...

cornerofmadness
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
good luck
ljs
Nov. 7th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome pictures! (Love the roadrunner. :-))

And yay you for a busy, productive day! [hugs]
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked 'em!

{{{hugs!}}}

evil_little_dog
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
yay for zoo pictures!
manoah
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
The roadrunner and prairie dog are making me homesick for Tucson, well; as homesick as I ever get!

I remember the Randolph Reid Park Zoo back in the day had a "prairie dog town". We could spend hours watching those little rascals!
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
OMG, it's been YEARS since I last went to the Randolph (Reid) Park Zoo! (And boy, is that a way to date someone from Tucson!!!) The little "town" at the Phoenix Zoo is adorable enough; there was even a baby out running around, as well as those big fellows sitting around eating their carrots!

That roadrunner was being very uncooperative! I was glad I got a few good shots of him.
manoah
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
(And boy, is that a way to date someone from Tucson!!!)

Are you callin' me old, huh, huh???

S'alright. I'm old. ;)
wildrider
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Hey, I likewise grew up with Randolph Park! I STILL say it, even today! (So basically, I'm saying that anyone who remembers is my age, and the rest are all DANGED KIDS! *grin*)

sillymagpie
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Great zoo pictures! You managed to capture that zooming little roadrunner after all.

The tropical bird is the lovely magpie robin. :-)
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was happy with how some of these came out!

Yes, I thought so! :-)
sillymagpie
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm halfway thinking about getting a zoo membership. I wish the zoo and the botanical garden had reciprocal memberships, because I like both but don't want to buy two separate memberships.

Slept late today. Ouch. Have lots to do. Eep!
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I always think about that, but then have to consider actually getting TO the Zoo often enough to make it worthwhile...!

Slept late and nothing, I repeat, NOTHING went the way I planned today...

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