Who needs breakfast? That would be me. Sure that we would find breakfast somewhere along the way, we headed out to zoo and our meeting with Jen, who writes the humor blog, Redhead Ranting. Unlike where we live, there was not a McDonalds or BoJangles on every corner. What to do? We drive and drive...growl. I can't go to the zoo on an empty stomach.
Just when we were about to give up and just eat whatever we could find at the zoo, we stumbled onto a nice little bagel shop in a shopping center. A cinnamon raisin bagel toasted with butter, please! Wonderful...it just hit the spot.
Now we backtrack to the fairgrounds where we could pick up a shuttle to the zoo. There is on-site parking, but we had read that is highly recommended to take the shuttle. They run some wildly decorated buses that leave no doubt as to their destination. This one is giraffe spotted; the other is a zebra.
They had a posted schedule, and it appeared it would be another half hour, and we barely had time to make our meeting with Jen. I called to let her know we'd be late, and she offered to pick us up. About that time another bus pulled in - so much for their schedule.
It was a short ride to the zoo, even though the bus felt like it had a square tire.
We hung out for a few minutes while Jen and her daughter caught up with us. Like I said, parking is available, but getting a space isn't always easy.
I gave her a call to tell here where we were waiting, saying I would be the gal wearing a blue top with penguins on it, next to a guy in a blue Hawaiian shirt - what a pair!
Yay, the long-awaited meeting. Jen is a warm, down to earth lady, who was in "mama mode" that day. She had her lovely daughter with her, who added an interesting perspective on our activities. We had a great time looking at the animals and reptiles and watching Sparky the sea lion perform for a packed arena. It was a picture perfect day, but it began to get hot in the bright sunshine.
It's lunch time. There was a decent snack bar with a good selection of the typical zoo foods, burgers, hot dogs, pop corn, nachos and of course, ice cream. We enjoyed lunch where we talked blogging, compared notes about the differences in our weather, and shared pet stories - hubby and I are never lacking for weird pet stories.
You can only ask so much of an 8-year old, so they left after our visit to the Como Town amusement park.
Afterward, hubby and I walked through the many rooms of the conservatory, a building filled with all sorts of unusual plant life. This room was filled with ferns of all kinds, including the largest fiddlehead I've ever seen.
It was a lot of fun to meet fellow blogger, Jen, face to face, and enjoy some beautiful Minnesota weather. There was so much more to see but, alas, not enough time.