Saturday, August 30, 2008

A day at the zoo....

Continuing to enjoy our last week of summer, my parents and I headed out to the Minnesota Zoo today to see the new grizzly bear exhibit called Russia's Grizzly Coast. We had heard it was pretty cool and that you could get close to the bears, but I had no idea what was in store for us today! I've always been facinated with grizzly bears. Ever since hiking in the mountains as a youngster wearing my "bear bell" and on our trip to Alaska a few years ago. We knew we would rather not run into one in the wild, but they certainly have a mystique to them.
Well, this was our chance to get up close and personal. Look at these guys horsing around in the water....
right in front of our very eyes. WOW!
Talk about up close and personal.
This guy was all tired out after his play time.
The rest of the zoo was just as fabulous. I'm not normally a big fan of zoos, but this is more like a wild animal park. Everything is very spread out and the animals are roaming in very large areas.
Lowell and Bobo spy a tiger.
A prairie dog livin' large.
This poor moose was molting. Looks very tender. Ouch!
They had a "family farm" with lots of farm animals and a petting zoo.
Chloe is one good egg:)

Then there is a large aquarium with the ominous shark floating by.
The kids had a great day!

Happy Labor Day weekend! Hope you're doing something fun.

21 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WHOA! Those are some amazing shots! The bears are incredible!

Shopgirl said...

Chloe is one good egg....so cute. I love the Bears, just everything. Looks like summer to me.
Your Mary
Arney is doing better.

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

WOW!!! What cute photos!!! I loved the ones of the bears...don't they look just like cute and sweet pups??? If I saw one in the wild I am sure that I would end up on the evening news as the crazy lady who died trying to hug a bear like it was a pet....thanks for sharing the cute photos! Have a wonderful holiday weekend! :) ~ xoxo ~ Joy

Fiona said...

Isn't it cool just how close you are to the bears? I know its a great day out - loved my trip there too. The bears,the dolphins and the sea otters......a great place for the little ones and the not so little ones too!

Gina2424 said...

Kari-Your zoo and fair pictures are just fabulous: cute and pretty and artsy and just plain good. You've definitely got the photography gene! I missed that one.

Robyn said...

tigers and bears...oh my!
Great post!

Come by and take a peek at what I have a 'brewin' over at my place!

roc said...

what awesome photographs!

Jorgelina said...

That pretty photos!
The beautiful bear.
Pretty week

Sharon at American Harvest said...

Hi Kari,
The best place to view bears is in a safe place! My son was running a cross country course once when he encountered a bear. He stopped, somewhat frightened, made himself look as big as possible and growled!! The bear turned around and wandered off. A group of tourists (on the other side of the stream) were laughing and snapping pictures like crazy. My son was not amused! So again I say the best place to view bears....in a zoo or other safe place!
Sharon

Malphi said...

Oh so sweet!! Want to hug them all!!

natalie said...

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh MY!!
Well there were no lions on your blog, but I'm sure that you saw them!!

Lu said...

i have not been to the zoo in a while. definitely have to go soon.

Laume said...

It looks like a rather nice zoo. I was just at the San Diego Zoo with my kids and granddaughter and obviously, world class exhibits. My favorite part though was probably all the beautiful botanicals. I think I took more photos of plants than I did animals. Well, maybe I took the most photos of my granddaughter, but after that, plants. They have yearly passes and it's only a ten minute drive down the freeway from their home, so they go often.

Sandra Evertson said...

Fabulous photos! I feel like I went on a mini vacation myself!
Sandra Evertson

Threads of Inspiration said...

I love the Minnesota Zoo - you are right it is more like a park with a lot of space for the animals. I am hoping to move back to Msp/St Paul soon and seeing your blog post makes me even more anxious! The zoo is great and so is the State Fair. Went there a few years ago when I was home.

Ulla said...

The fair, and then the zoo! Wow, how are you holding out with the Convention so close? Hope you are well!!!
Kisses and Hugs!

Lina said...

The bears are adorable!!! Love the new banner too!!

My Ladies Fine Designs said...

I keep hearing the bear exhibit is fantastic, now seeing your pictures, I'll have to pack up the kids and check it out. Thanks.

m i c h e l l e said...

What fun pictures. The one of Chloe as "one good egg" made me LOL! Hope you're doing well! Miss you!

Kel said...

oh my goodness, they look so much like you! Great photos!

tina said...

awesome photos!