Now that the paid time off I’ve been earning has finally caught up with the deficit from the honeymoon, I decided to cash a bit in for today. I’d been keeping an eye on the weather, and since today promised to be perfect it seemed like a good day to go to the zoo.
Why? If for no other reason than this:
You can feed and pet the giraffes.
I love giraffes. I think they are so beautiful, so completely alien…and at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you can buy giraffe crackers and feed the giraffes. It is, bar none, the coolest thing ever. They can smell the crackers, and when you walk up the come scurrying over, prehensile black tongues eagerly quivering from their lips, looking at you with those huge, long-lashed eyes. I cannot tell you how amazing this experience is.
There are a lot of other awesome animals there too. There’s Okapi:
The most playful and active elephants I’ve ever seen:
Huge, regal mountain lions:
And many other wonderful animals, not to mention a view that can’t be beat:
I’ve always said a lot of nasty thing about Colorado Springs in the past – it’s a conservative stronghold and home to some of the biggest megachurches in the world, and many of the people I’ve met from Colorado Springs (with a few notable exceptions) are unmitigated assholes. But the zoo…oh, the zoo!