Posts Tagged ‘Zoo’

The Pink One Cometh (October Challenge: Day 10)

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Fallen behind a bit on the October Challenge, but I’m picking it up and running with it this morning. Here we go!

Pinky flew in on Thursday evening for her extended visit to the Hartmann household. Usually, she comes for short, quick trips to see us, catch the sites and give Ryan a few smooches. But this time, she’s here for a whole month – and we couldn’t be more excited! You see, Dan heads in for knee surgery tomorrow, and Pinky is the army of one we’ve enlisted to help hold everything together while Dan is in the hospital and recovering for a few weeks.

So, as you can imagine, it’s been busy here at THL for the last week or so. Lots going on – mental and psychological preparations for surgery. It always takes Ryan some time to get used to new people -particularly when it seems like they are going to stick around and sleep on the couch. Being the highly-trained kid person and grandmother extraordinaire that she is, Pinky rolls with it all really well. She even babysat while we had a date night last night! Date night?! What a concept!

Here are a couple of pics from her August visit that capture The Pink One in action. Warming up the kiddo and taking it all in stride.

Playing peek-a-boo in the otter habitat at the zoo.


Raise a glass to Pinky! Three cheers for The Pink One!

We’re off to the hospital tomorrow morning. I may manage another post in the meantime, but I’m not promising anything. Please send Dan all your get-well wishes and healing vibes! We’ll take all the positive energy we can get.

~ Susan


Ode to Wild Spring – Bunnies, Monkeys and Vultures! (Oh my.)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

As described previously, the weather around here has been lousy for the last few weeks. But it looks like spring is finally coming our way. Even the animals at the zoo were excited. (Yes, we could tell.) In honor of SPRING FEVER we bring you installment number two of our Ode to Wild Spring… enjoy!

After visiting the goats, we headed out to see a bunch of our other favorite animals. It seems that everyone was happy for the rain to have stopped. It certainly made Ryan happy. Our first stop was the Bunnies. You see, bunnies are a big deal in our household. Ryan sleeps with a stuffed bunny (named “Bunny” – we’re original like that) every night and uses sign language to ask for it. If Bunny has gone missing, then we stop everything and hunt for Bunny. We just cross our fingers that nothing dire ever happens to Bunny…

Usually the bunnies at the zoo are rather sedentary, or they are cowering from the crowds. But on Sunday, they were out in force. Hopping, sniffing, and generally looking rather cute. Ryan certainly thought so.

From there, we walked up the hill a bit to see the Squirrel Monkeys. These cuties are Dan’s favorites and we spent a good long while watching them play and swing through the trees. Ryan loves them. Her newest animal sound is the monkey sound.

We were having a great time, just chilling with the monkeys and such, when we were reminded just how wild those crazy zoo creatures are. I think being cooped up inside for weeks on end got on everyone’s nerves. Right next to the cutie-pie monkeys we heard the most alarming noises coming from the chimpanzees’ area. It seems that Chimp A (we’ll call him Jim) stole the warm blanket from Chimp B (we’ll call him Harvey) and Chimp C (we’ll call her Bernadette) had to add her two cents’ worth to the argument. Here’s what it all looked like.

Needless to say, Ryan was a bit disturbed by this. We promptly left and headed down to check out the tortoises. It’s much calmer in the tortoise zone. But more on that in the next post… Stay tuned!



While the squirrel monkeys played, the bunnies hopped and the chimps stole blankets… the vultures kept busy…

(Romance and whispering sweet nothings are clearly not high priorities for these guys.)







Where the Wild Things Are

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Not only was last weekend a fabulously long three days, but it was absolutely GORGEOUS here in the Bay Area. Sorry, east coasters, but it’s hard to beat 70 degrees in January… (Nevermind that it’s 58 degrees and foggy all summer. But I digress…)

Anywho, we decided to join the masses and head to the Oakland Zoo for a fine afternoon of visiting with the big animals. It was a lot of fun, and we feel lucky that: a) it’s only 5 minutes from our house; and b) Pinky and Dick gave us an annual membership for Christmas. Woo Hoo! We’re gonna be regulars!

We actually hadn’t been there before, and Ryan really enjoyed herself. Here are a few highlights of the day. Enjoy!

A big kitty, to say the least! Very Beautiful

Giraffes are incredibly cool. But do they make noise? If you know of a giraffe noise, let me know. It always stumps me when I try to add sound effects to Ryan's books.

Checking out the elephants with Mommy.

African elephants are HUGE and very cool. Much bigger than the Asian elephants I hung out with in Thailand.

Strolling in the afternoon sun. Glorious.

Hope you are having a spectacular winter wherever you may be!