Thursday, July 3, 2008

seventy years

Seventy years ago would put us in 1938. The Great Depression was ending and World War II was beginning. It is wild to think during that time two Chattanooga landmarks were born. Along with the Bradberry's, we had the privilege of patronizing both the Chattanooga Zoo and Wally's Restaurant this weekend in their 70th year.

The Chattanooga Zoo has come a long way from the first time I visited back in 1994 or so. I went with my sister, Jennifer for a little drive by of our local zoo. The one and only pitiful animal that I recall is a lama. The poor dear was blind and ran repeatedly into a tree. Ten plus years later, the zoo has completely redeemed itself with no maimed animals in sight though we did see a couple of attempted escapees. . .

oh and a nappy haired donkey. I wanted to take this guy home and give him a bath and a brush.

Some favorite animals. . .

Rainforest Acrobat

While Amy despises camels, I think they are really neat. I would love to ride one sometime. Check out the shag carpet look.

Barn Owl. I am sure glad I don't live in a barn. I don't know what is worse- this guy or his prey, rodents. The owl just creeps me out a bit. Such an eery look.

Red Panda

The Sacred Monkey with his crazy long tail.

Ada's favorite animal, Little Nut Brown Hare. He goes everywhere with us.

Ada's new formed habit for the past two weeks. She does this. All. The. Time. I think it is cute!

Anna Kate: Hey Ada, do you mind? Oh yeah, a little bit higher. (Ada's look again)

At high noon I look over at Ada and she is snoozing. Nap time. On. The. Dot. (Thanks, Amy, for snapping this picture for me)

The Zoo was followed up by lunch at Wally's, the downtown version, which is tremendously better than its counterpart in East Ridge.

Fun day you guys!


Tammy said...

Hey - you can actually ride a camel at the Knoxville zoo. Maddie and I did that several years ago...she thought it was cool. Great pictures btw.

Amy said...

Thanks for the invite! We had fun!

Tamara Chastain said...

We love the Chattanooga Zoo. Looks like Ada luv had a fabulous time.

Becca and Brent said...

looks like you guys had a great time. and great photos of the animals! they look better in your pics than they do in person.