"Boys, get dressed. We're going on an adventure."
I guess it's been too long since we spontaneously packed up and headed out for the day. Makes me kind of sad that it's not the norm anymore. I think maybe it should be. We're all a lot happier when we're out adventuring. Well, Lucas doesn't always like the release of control, but it's good for him.
First stop was the Point Defiance Zoo. I wanted the coupon that comes on the back of our tickets for later (we are members here, so we get in for free), but most of all we NEEDED to see the new baby clouded leopards. We are so lucky to be near a zoo that is the breeding ground for these guys - they are so stinking cute!!! And now that we know that once they are a bit bigger they get shipped off, all the more reason to go NOW. When we got there (we opened the zoo), they were still sleeping, so we oohed and ahhed and then went off to the other Asia exhibits. I have to say that I love that zoos teach a bit of geography - very cool.
The coolest part was that we got to see the red wolves in full force - they were out and pacing. We never see them - maybe once we've seen one, but today I think we saw 3 or 4. So pretty!
"Better call Daddy - I think you're lost." We only made one u-turn and turns out I was right the first time. By the time Brian (whom we called) had found where we were, I had figured it out. We were headed out to Northwest Trek (BOGO on the back of our zoo tickets- woohoo!) and it's kind of way out there....
Lucas slept the last 5 minutes of the drive (of course), but we finally got there and checked in. We had an hour before our train ride, so we headed off to the exhibits - the favorite being the Research Cabin where we got to spy on the wolves. They had a whole spy game thing going on, shouting back and forth at each other while they controlled the video camera and all.
Lucas didn't really care about the animals - he sang Wheels on the Bus the whole trip, which I'm sure the young, snuggling couple in front of us enjoyed thoroughly. Didn't feel too bad since I was forced to watch the snuggling.
My favorite was the billy goat. Something endearing about that guy....
The porcupine keeper talk was super interesting. Ereth Dorsatum (literary reference to Poppy - a must read!) was just hilarious.
Me: It's not an adventure unless you get a little lost!
E: Mom, you're just lost. Are we going to run out of gas?
We ended up at the boys' favorite hangout - The Airport Diner. The boys took turns hiding a knife or a fork in one hand and having the other person guess which hand. Lucas got tired of holding the fork, dropped it, and then asked Ethan, "Which hand do I have nuffing in Eflan?"