The snow is melting, the rattle-y noise the car was making in the frigid temps has ceased and (gasp!) we opened our windows yesterday to let some fresh air into the house.
Spring cleaning is underway at home and the clocks have leaped forward. But the surest sign of spring for us? We visited the zoo on Friday.
We are year-round zoo-goers, mind; though certainly we don't get there much in winter. But we do go. When my son and I visited on Friday, the small crowd made it clear that most folks still think it's too wintry to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo.
And maybe the zoo thinks so, too, as it seemed a few things were still closed for winter or for off-season fixes. And, perhaps most telling of all, there was snow on the train tracks.
But the zoo is slowly coming alive for spring.
We spent much of our time inside the aviary, the small mammals and giraffe buildings and in the primate house watching the spider monkeys frolic and Mahal lick the window.
In the fish and reptile building we asked a zookeeper how many fish are in that large tank with the small fish (another large tank nearby has huge specimens). I guessed 300, my son picked 500, but we weren't even close. The keeper told us that the most recent estimate was 1,000.
But there was a bit of action outside, too.
The penguins were already drawing a small crowd and the monkeys sat atop the peaks on Monkey Island, breezing off in the coolness, as my son so quotably noted.
And at least one boy and his dad didn't think it too soon to indulge in a little ice cream.
As best as I can tell, spring, my friends, is on the way.
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