Robert (gurdonark) wrote,


Meerkats, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

We caught the 7:50 a.m. train to the Dallas Zoo. We arrived promptly when the zoo opened at 9, and experienced a joyous time until we left a bit after 1:00 p.m. I liked that the zoo does not try to be sometihng for everything--I think that traditional zoos often failed to trying to do too much, resulting in over-crowding and lack of focus. The Dallas Zoo
apppears to have come at last to understand that its mission is not to be the broadest collection, but an effective, humanely-kept collection of animals. The zoo was not crowded, the train ride was pleasant, and the heat was not oppressive.

I loved best the African penguins, the meerkats, the native butterflies, the mono-rail ride through the African exhibit, and the gorgeous blue jay who landed in the bald eagle enclosure.

This evening I went to dinner with my brother and his wife and son. I am fortunate to have relatives whose company I really enjoy. Meanwhile, my wife is in Kansas, where she and her sister went on a fishing trip with her father as a father-daughter bonding experience.
I understand that walleye were caught and a good time was had by all. My wife will go fishing with me when we are on vacation, but she could not be called, strictly speaking, the "fishing type" by nature, so it was fun to hear her anecdotes of hook, line and sinker.

I spent the rest of my evening with my dogs and a silly comedy movie on television, and there are worse ways to spend evenings than that.

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