Zoo Strolling

My Mother In-law and I took the boys to the Cougar Mountain Zoo yesterday, which is a few miles from where we live. I have started on taking them on outings, to see how they enjoy it. Walker is the perfect age now!

Not everyone is a fan of zoos/preserves I realize…I mean I wasn’t as a kid, after too many vintage zoos that were horrid (Seattle and Portland were plain awful, elephants chained and on concrete). The Cougar Mt. Zoo is an intimate learning area, with only a few areas to visit. Open air, with room and the animals actually seem happy. A perfect zoo for small children to spend 1-3 hours in. They are happy but not overwhelmed! And even the 15 year-old had fun – I think he enjoyed it the most, especially the talking birds….and the tigers. The gorgeous tigers!

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The area for the tigers was one of the nicest I have seen. Grass, a waterfall with pond and more, there are two areas for the tigers as well.

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Two little boys. really into the emus below them. Later, we went down and got to be right up to them.

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Alistaire was very, very happy – giggling as the animals made lots of noise. Especially the Lemurs and Macaw birds!

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The cougars live in the center, catching your eyes as you enter the zoo. Gorgeous kitties. I love cougars – especially when I see their tracks in the snow while hiking!

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Tonight I face the difficult decision on how to stay within normal eating at a chain restaurant. Oy, even with nutritional stats online (thank you to King County, Wa for requiring chains post this!!) Looking at a menu while not hungry and looking at just how crappy the food is, is well….depressing. Ugh. I am getting used to eating every meal at home. It is hard when faced with 75% of the meals are a near days worth of calories. Yuck. and how nearly everything is white crap and or mass produced meat. I will miss my home cooking! No dessert for me ;-)

~Sarah

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Comments

  1. It’s nice to hear that the zoo is nice…some are horrible! I hear ya on the crappy restaurant food too!

    • It was funny…Kirk and I ordered a plain salad, dressing on the side (we were at Olive Garden). Boy…have I gotten to used to fancy greens at home ;-) Although the tomato in the salad was ripe and tasty! I think we did pretty good overall, picking our way through :-)
      The other “zoo” I recommend out here is NW Trek – because the animals are few and in mostly natural exhibits. They have a tram tour through the park where those animals roam free. Pretty cool!

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