Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Tom's brother was in town on Sunday. While trying to figure out what to do with him, Dave suggested we all go to the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah. Tom remembers petting a cougar there when he was a little kid, and I had never been. We met around noon, just as the sun was starting to pop out. Haly's first trip to the zoo!

Dave gave Haly a sock monkey for Christmas. Mr. Sock Monkey has been traveling around with him for the past few months, having a life history created.

We walked around and saw tigers, a cougar, emu, cranes, wallabies, parrots, lemurs, reindeer, and mule deer. While there we saw the end of a bird show, a cougar feeding, and a tiger feeding. The bird show was fun because they had a kingfisher, one of the things Halcyone's name comes from. The cougar feeding wasn't terribly exciting because the cougar is so old and arthritic he had a hard time getting around. However, the tiger feeding was great! We got to stand about 5 feet from them as a couple zookeepers fed them a bunch of raw meat.

Valentine's Day for 3

On Saturday the three of us went to Valentine's tea! Tom has said for a while that he'd go with me, so about a month ago I made reservations for us at Secret Garden Tea, my favorite shop! We drove down to Sumner and were seated. Halcyone woke up, looked around, chatted a bit, and drank a bottle. By the time she was done with her bottle, our food was arriving and she was falling asleep! We were able to enjoy our tea, scones, fruit, savories, sandwiches, and desserts while she napped in her car seat. Tom had Red Almond tea, and I had my favorite Summer Pudding blend.

On Monday I was going to make salmon at home, but just as I was getting ready to put the fish in the oven our power went out. We decided to spend the evening at my parents and get Taco Time on the way. It was a fun evening!