A Day Out With Mom

Mom and baby prairie dog

Having been out of town for a couple weeks (and having missed Mother’s Day), my mom and I decided that it was high time for a ‘girls day out’. So, on Friday morning, we rolled out of bed (a little later than expected), and headed downtown. The weather has been unseasonably warm here, and we decided that we couldn’t let this lovely weather go to waste and headed to the Detroit Zoo.

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Because of the hot weather, most of the animals were being pretty lazy and camera shy. I caught a lot of pictures of animals snoozing, and as much as I wanted to see them playing, I had to admit, was pretty cute.

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The red panda, however, was being more active than I had ever seen a red panda and was doing laps around his enclosure. Of course, when cute animals are involved, I tend to take a massive amount of pictures. My mom also encouraged me to get a lot of pictures of the giraffes (her favorite) who were also pretty active in the heat.

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If you are a zoo fan, I highly recommend the Detroit Zoo. Every few years it seems, the zoo updates an exhibit. There is a very interesting ‘arctic circle’ exhibit with an underwater tunnel where you can get a closer look at the seals and polar bears, and an ‘outback’ exhibit where you are allowed to walk among the kangaroos and wallaby. This year they added a new penguin exhibit, with a walkthrough tunnel where you can watch them swim, though I didn’t get any good pictures of that.

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The aviary is also always fun, and the birds seem to get more and more friendly. We made friends with a Spur-winged Lapwing (the black and white bird with the long legs) who literally lead us around the bird house.

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Somewhere in between the sleepy animals, we grabbed some ice cream in an attempt to cool off.

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After the zoo, mom and I went over to Royal Oak and grabbed dinner. We wound up at Vinotecca, an incredibly stylish wine bar that serves “globally accented contemporary fare”. At this point my camera had died, so excuse the iPhone quality photos.

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We finished up dinner and went to cap off the night in Ferndale with bubble teas (or bubble smoothie in my case) from Detroit Bubble Tea and a stroll through The Rust Belt Market, a weekend market that showcases work from local artists and companies. I’ll be sure to grab more pictures (and batteries for my camera) the next time I go.

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Hopefully you can get out this week and spend some time with the people you love!

With Love,
Nikki

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