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The Uphill Zoo

Out the door with nothing but the spouse and a camera, we land at the local Michigan City Zoo where we interacted with the parakeets, mooed at the Brahmas, and played peekaboo with the Tamarins.

The highlights of the adventure started with finding the ever hidden mountain lion who seem to always disappear at the sight of a camera. Natalie, a worker who was feeding the Great Horned owl, explained how timid and skittish the beast of a bird could be by not even attempting dinner until all the workers have cleared her part of the zoo. The bears, as always, are a big hit showing off by frolicking in their waterfall and really playing it up for their audience.

The leading animal at the Michigan City Zoo had to be the otters. The three of them just loved being alive, playing in the water, even including us in their antics by swimming around the crawl -through, underwater tunnel, and enjoyed a simulated pet through plexiglass. New friends, gotta love’em.

But still, the best part of all was holding hands with the one I love, eating ice cream with him and enjoying smiles and laughter that will last a lifetime. He took the bear picture, by the way, with a cell phone camera. Perfect.

Mother’s Day

A farmer buys a rooster to service his 200 hens. When he gets the rooster into the barnyard, he tells him, “Randy, I want you to pace yourself now. You’ve got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Have fun, but take your time.”

The farmer points him toward the henhouse and the rooster takes off like a shot.

WHAM! Randy nails every hen in the henhouse, three or four times. Randy runs out and sees a flock of geese down by the lake. WHAM! He nails all the geese. Randy runs to the pigpen, the cow pasture — soon, he’s been on every animal on the farm.

The farmer is distraught, worried that his expensive rooster won’t even last the day.

Sure enough, the farmer wakes up the next morning to find Randy laid out flat in the middle of the yard, buzzards circling overhead.

The sad farmer shakes his head and says, “Oh, Randy, I told you to pace yourself.”

Randy opens one eye, winks, and nods towards the sky, “Shhh, they’re getting closer.”

True Earth People

While on a field trip at Chellburg Farm where the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has continued the use of the land by “manufacturing” maple syrup. The officers explain mot only how maple syrup was made but how humans in the 1800s lived, fed themselves, and work. The land and those animals on the land provided their livelihood.