took the dogs for thier morning walk up the road and back. rio had a busy day yesterday so i decided to go easy on her. blossom and i headed off to meet my friend, lesley and her kids for lunch. first i dropped off another package at the post. i've been really lucky so far and no lines. so i was a little late. chatted with my brother, eric en route. we still don't have a don't talk on the cell phone while driving law. we may have passed a don't watch a movie and drive as some guy caused a fatal accident doing just this.
i headed to little campbell lake for a walk with blossom. it was a beautiful day out there. the big mountain, denali, was easily seen from the trail here in town. i always love getting a peek of denali.
then....the zoo! it's been several years since i've been to our local zoo. i support zoos though i wish there was no need for them. they do have a role in education and many have breeding programs as the species are killed off in the wild at least the gene pool can be saved. one wonders what the value is if the animal will never be allowed to be wild again. so i'm always a bit torn. i was trained as a zoo keeper through the los angeles zoo and was a volunteer zoo keeper there for years. the enclosures at our local zoo leave much to be desired in many cases, but i can see that there has been some improvement in these past years. this local zoo was started i believe when a local won an elephant, annabelle, in some contest. our zoo became the center of some controversy over the other elephant, maggie. it became a big thing to "rescue" her. she was eventually moved to a elephant retirement park. from the looks of it, she has adjusted well and is happy there. moving elephants is not an easy task and it was paid for by bob barker i believe?? i think there is more effort to have animals at our zoo that naturally live in colder environments.
above is a wolverine. this guy was playing. we have wolverines here in alaska, but i've never seen one. they are generally pretty shy. i'll say that they looked a bit different than i had expected. it was fun watching him play in the water with this log and a big burlap sack.