|Letter from Los Angeles
||Saturday | 21 March 2015
Los Angeles Zoo with Leo
Los Angeles, California: Gramps and I have
a mission this weekend: babysit Leo while his folks go out of town for a
wedding. Leo only. Lucy must go wherever her Momma goes, as the baby still (7
months old) refuses to take a bottle.
Before driving over Friday afternoon, I baked a
Buttery Pound Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze from Martha Stewart for our
Not gonna lie. Not the best thing to ever come out of my kitchen. It was a lot
of work. Too much work for the result. Still, it is disappearing from the cake
plate in Lisa's kitchen...
Lisa, Lenny and Lucy hit the highway early this morning and left us to tend
after Leo. Not that a nearly-four-year-old can fend for himself... but Leo is
certainly easier to mind than a baby. Especially because of that whole "I can
talk to tell you want I want/need or how I feel" part. Whew. Leo also knows the
lay of the land. The neighbors. Where to find the tape. Exactly what he wants on
You may think us mad for going to the
Zoo in Los Angeles on a
Saturday during Spring Break. We may be, but "spring break" takes place
continuously all spring in Southern California. Not every school in American
takes their break the same week, but it seems a whole bunch of American
families descend on SoCal during their vacation. It's Spring Break here much
of March and April.
First stop after entering the zoo? Lunch.
Turkey with sprouts, cucumber, cheddar, tomatoes and avocado on whole wheat.
California on a bun.
Leo posing under a beautiful flowering tree at the LA Zoo
Our grandson loves to ride the carousel. Today, he rode twice. Once on a bee
(wasp?), and once sitting in a chair.
Sorry that you can't see that I was riding a Jaguar. (Sorry you missed this
old short gal climbing off said Jaguar. It was quite a sight. What
we won't do for our grandchildren.)
Well, we are not perfect - we may have given Leo some candy.
Dave and Leo consult the zoo map - where shall we go next? Primates!
We saw THREE
baby chimpanzees today. Adorable and mischevious.
This Lowland Gorilla was ignoring her visitors
We also saw elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys, several species of
ruminants, birds and so many animals I can't seem to recall at the moment.
It was hot. I was getting tired. One of our last stops was to the reptile
house. Leo loves the lizards and snakes:
Boy Rides Gator
One last cool snack for our tired guy:
Enough. Let's go home.
We were at the zoo for more than four hours. My pedometer read
over 8000 steps - that's nearly four miles and I didn't "exercise" today (as
Saturday is my rest day).
I don't think there is a rest day when you are caring for a toddler.
OH MY GOODNESS, do we have a special occasion planned for tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Until my next update, I remain, your weary correspondent.
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