We are truly Minnesotans. Now that the weather is a balmy 35-ish, we feel liberated, adventurous, and ready to tackle the outdoors once again.
We ventured to the Minnesota Zoo's new Russian Bear exhibit, and had a splendid time. Between the playful otters, the show-off bears, and lazy wild boars, there was much to see. The new exhibit has so many viewing areas, that in spite of their sprawling habitat, the animals are nearly always visible.
Throughout this adventure, we noticed that Maya was thoroughly in her element. Even when her lips turned blue and her shoulders trembled from the cold (35 isn't actually all that balmy), she didn't want to leave the bears for the inside exhibits.
But my Oklahoma relatives will be happy to know that Elliot is staying true to her warmer roots. About 10 minutes into the bear exhibit, while the rest of us watched with fascination as the bears mauled a tree, Elliot started voicing her protest.
Unless held tight to daddy and wrapped in a blanket, she was thoroughly upset. Good thing we brought the giant stroller!
So if we've learned nothing else this winter, we've learned that Elliot much prefers long hot baths inside to long cold walks outside. Go figure... She must be grandma's girl!
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