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Seattle Trip Day 3: The Zoo and the Wedding

Cute ocelot photo alert!

Cute ocelot photo alert!

Remember our Pensacola trip back in June when we went to that decidedly under-animaled (yeah, I made that one up) zoo? While in Seattle, we visited the Woodland Park Zoo and more than made up for that other woeful experience.

Golden lion tamarin

Golden lion tamarin

This zoo had plenty of animals to look at. With a discount coupon, it was priced just a little more than the Pensacola place but with so much more to do. No train, though, but we definitely could live without that.

A gorilla looks out from his enclosed area.

A gorilla looks out from his enclosed area.

We experienced the zoo without an entourage of relatives, who all went their own way. We knew we’d see them later that day at the wedding.

The #2 son takes a photo in a tropical bird exhibit.

The #2 son takes a photo in a tropical bird exhibit.

The #2 son decided that, like me, he also wanted to see the zoo in a different way, so he used my Olympus Tough Style-6000 point and shoot camera to take a million or so photos. Fun for him and fun for me watching him.

A Humboldt penguin goes for a swim.

A Humboldt penguin goes for a swim.

What #2 liked best, of course, were the Humboldt penguins, which normally are found in South America. They were a little harder to photograph than the blackfoot penguins we saw at Pensacola’s Gulfarium. But that didn’t stop us both from trying.

The #1 son enjoys Dippin’ Dots.

The #1 son enjoys Dippin’ Dots.

The boys always like to have a little treat at the zoo. This time it was Dippin’ Dots. Remember when this confection was called the ice cream of the future? I guess the future is now for Dippin’ Dots only at zoos and amusement parks.

A rat snake stares at me.

A rat snake stares at me.

The Woodland Park Zoo had lots of neat exhibits. Fortunately for me, they kept the reptiles behind glass. When I’m in a reptile building, I always think about Harry Potter letting that snake loose in the first book before he knew he was a wizard. Glad he wasn’t at the zoo with us!

A Panamanian golden frog

A Panamanian golden frog

With a nice mixture of indoor exhibits and outdoor habitats, the zoo featured a lot of interesting animals in different ways to view them.

A hippo peeks out from the murky water.

A hippo peeks out from the murky water.

Laughing kookaburra

Laughing kookaburra

Chilean flamingos

Chilean flamingos

The zoo had a bunch of cool brass animal statues all around the park, too.

#2 and a "raven"

#2 and a "raven" nevermore

#2 was especially captivated by ravens “sitting” on a bench.

Animalus Textus

Animalus Textus

Perhaps some of the zoo’s animals were just as captivated by these two animalus textus!

And the wedding

My niece Beck and her father, my ex-BIL

My niece Beck and her father, my ex-brother-in-law

Of course, the real reason we traveled to Seattle was to see my #1 niece, the Beck, marry Ken. They had an outdoor ceremony in beautiful 80-degree weather (very much enjoyed by the Houston set!).

Will the #1 son ever smile in a family photo?

Will the #1 son ever smile in a family photo?

Yep, our crew cleans up nicely! The indoor wedding reception featured delicious food and some dancing ops, mainly for #2.

The #1 cousin dances with the #8 cousin.

The #1 cousin dances with the #8 cousin.

I take a turn with my younger son.

I take a turn on the dance floor with my younger son.

The wedding provided a wonderful ending to a fun day for us. We welcomed Ken and his young daughter Lily into our extended family.

The Beck and Ken after the ceremony

The Beck and Ken after the ceremony

Hope Ken doesn’t think he married into a zoo of a clan!

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