Day at the Zoo
Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
6Trip End Jul 30, 2011
So after a couple solid days of travel we decided to take a detour to a destination a little bit South of Madison. We woke up super early, ate a waffle, and hit the road. We set our sights on the Brookfield Zoo and arrived shortly after noon. It had poured for hours earlier in the day and I had hoped that it would lead to a cooler, less crowded zoo
My favorite exhibit in the Brookfield zoo is their amazing primate house. As the day started to get hot and steamy Luke and I wandered into its cool depths. The set up is such that there are massive rooms that are set up with trees and fake cliffs and there is a ledge that runs along the edge that the visitors stand on. The primates feel so close and there aren't any boundaries or bars between the curious faces of the apes and the curious faces of the people. We stood in one section for quite a while, flirting with a tiny black tamarin who perched on a brach and tilted his tufted head back and forth to look at us.
We rounded out the afternoon with a trip to the Dolphin Show, except we didn't actually buy tickets to the show. Instead we went beneath the auditorium to the under water viewing area so we could watch the dolphins tumble beneath the surface. It's mesmerizing the way they move, it really is. We would watch one sprint skywards, disappear above the surface, and when it darted back beneath the water it would appear to be encased in a net of tiny dancing bubbles that would disapate in the flick of a tale flipper. Honestly, I could watch that all day.
But when we finally emerged from the the underwater viewing area we found the day had grown suddenly sticky and oppressively hot. It didn't take much walking to realize that we would need to abandon the zoo and head on our way. But, we had seen most of what we had wanted to see so we headed back to the car.
It was a bit earlier than we had expected to get done so instead of spending the night in Chicago and driving home in the morning we decided to save a buck and travel back to Madison tonight. After being in the car for upwards of 8 hours at a time, the 2 hours it took to get us back from the zoo to home felt like almost nothing. Now there are loads of laundry to do and tons of bugs to scrape off of the windshield of my car. I know, what an exciting life I lead.