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A day on the zoo

I haven’t visited the San Francisco Zoo in years, however El Hub and I performed hooky and took Connor this week.

It’s been so lengthy since we ventured out of city, particularly south to San Francisco (I feel final time was final October?), although it’s solely about 25 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge.

We packed a picnic lunch, ALL THE DISINFECTING WIPES, our Caraa masks, and headed out for the day to study extra about our animal pals.

Issues are somewhat completely different.

All visits are by reservation solely now to implement a decrease most occupancy (a most of 50% capability, though there have been far fewer folks than that on a weekday). You possibly can’t simply present up on a whim. It’s important to purchase tickets on-line beforehand for a particular time, which is nice. It actually looks like the zoo has taken the pandemic critically. Plus, the animals appear very nicely cared for. Enclosures are massive, not overcrowded, and really nicely maintained, and I noticed loads of animals doing informal animal issues, not pacing or trying careworn.

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Feisty penguins
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BTW, peacocks are in every single place! It’s so cool!

Guests are required to put on masks and social distance always, and the entire indoor reveals are closed. A few the eating cafes are open, however you can too carry your personal meals and drinks, which is what we did. We sat on a giant garden with a number of socially distanced households to have our lunch.

Run just like the wind, ostriches!

It was good seeing Connor’s eyes gentle up as she noticed so many animals she hasn’t seen earlier than. We meandered for hours and watched penguins plunging right into a pool, chimpanzees chomping on romaine lettuce, peacocks preening, and ostriches sprinting — sure, sprinting! — throughout hills.

Talking of the ostriches…they’re loopy sleek! And so quick. I’d by no means seen ostriches run lengthy distances earlier than, and once they do, they glide together with their heads hardly even bobbing, whereas hauling main @ss. They’re like Olympic sprinters!

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The grounds and crops are so lovely.
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Connor testing out a 40-year-old zoo “key” we acquired from neighbor. You place the important thing inside one of many informational exhibit audio bins on the grounds, after which flip it to play an informative recording. Unfortch, the important thing didn’t work anymore. I feel it was designed for a system that was phased out years in the past!

Layers love you, particularly in SF.

I used to reside within the metropolis again within the day. It’s been some time since I visited, and I acquired a stark reminder of the one factor Bay Space peeps all the time inform guests once they come to SF — put on layers, as a result of the temperature can swing dramatically, and it’s no joke.

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Unsurprisingly, all the massive cats wished to do was nap!

After we drove in at 10, town was foggy and chilly, however by the point we left 4 hours later, the solar was out, and it was toasty sufficient to stroll round in a tee shirt and shorts. Yup, if you happen to’ll be visiting SF, put on issues you may peel off and put again on if you could.

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Word to self: write in your journal tonight.

Additionally, whereas we had been there, I had a significant “aha!” second about journaling, of all issues. Mainly, I gotta begin doing it once more persistently, even when it’s only a few strains on daily basis; in any other case, my reminiscence goes to erase all of those fleeting, candy moments with CoyCoy proper now as a small little one… I desperately don’t wish to lose them.

This hit me exhausting due to a pair issues… First off, I used to be watching her prance via the grounds and speaking to the peacocks (and actually anybody who would hearken to her), saying “I’m having a such nice day,” again and again. It was the sweetest factor to see pure pleasure on her face. I all the time wish to bear in mind it. ?

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Second, whereas we had been strolling round I began serious about a college journey I took to the SF Zoo once I was in sixth grade. I bear in mind foggy, faint snippets of that day, like making my means again to the doorway as we had been leaving and looking the automobile window on the Bay on the drive residence. I additionally bear in mind all of the “cool youngsters” listening to Lisa Lisa on their Sony Walkman headphones (OMG!).

However, for the lifetime of me, I can’t bear in mind who I frolicked with that day, or if I even loved it in any respect. Was I crabby? Was I chilly and wishing that I’d introduced an additional jacket? Did I see penguins? I’m genuinely curious, and I want I had a journal to look to and discover out… It could be good (and 100% hilarious) to recollect who I used to be again then.

Black Mirror second…with a hippo

Oh! — I additionally tried an experiment with my cellphone whereas we had been there this time. No senseless scrolling and staring on the display. I solely took out my cellphone once I completely wanted, which I solely did to take some photos.

I used to be impressed to do that after watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix the opposite day. It’s about social media and the way it’s modified our lives for higher and worse.

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I thought of it once I noticed a gaggle of individuals at an exhibit, all with their telephones out. They had been all recording a hippo fortunately pushing round a big ball, and I couldn’t assist however marvel how most of the folks had been actually within the second. I dunno… It felt very Black Mirror!

Not gonna lie…it was exhausting to withstand recording that hella cute hippo. For critical! Additionally, I actually didn’t notice how a lot of an unconscious behavior it’s for me to rapidly test my emails or texts messages or see what’s occurring on the ‘gram. I actually do waste loads of time doing an entire lotta nothing whereas observing my cellphone display…

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A map of the zoo

I’m going to stay with limiting my cellphone time, although. Hopefully this may permit me to be extra current once I’m with my family and friends after we’re collectively.

Your pleasant neighborhood magnificence addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF. ???

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