A day at the zoo

For today’s adventure, we decided to celebrate yet another glorious, sunny day with a trip to the zoo.  Not our normal, Woodland Park Zoo mind you.  Nope, we went to the Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  (For some reason it makes me think of those old Doublemint commercials…”Two, two attractions in one”)

Amazingly, in all the years we’ve lived in the Seattle area, I’ve never been to this particular park.  It is n

We started off looking at the amazing sea creatures.  Like this lovely sea anemone.

azoo sea anenome

They had a fun sea horse exhibit.  It was designed as a fairy tale with the sea horses as the stars.  It made my heart happy.  As we were leaving the underwater exhibit, Shaun and I encountered a shark that swallowed us whole!

azoo sharkattack 

You’d think that KT would come rescue us, but noooooo…she thought it would be more entertaining to take our picture.  (Obviously she’s her father’s child.)

The next thing we came to was a flock of rabid penguins.  They were eyeing the small crowd that had come to see them.  We could tell they were just trying to decide which of us would be the most tasty. 

azoo penquinos

We nervously backed away from the  penguins only to bump into Mrs. Walrus.  We were safe from her.  She had obviously already eaten some poor hapless child and was taking a quick nap.

azoo walrus

It suddenly made a lot of sense to quietly stroll over towards the herbivores.   Sweet reindeer wouldn’t think of eating us….would they?


Just when I was finally feeling safe, Sir Henry confronted me. 


He stared me right in the eye.  I didn’t dare look away because I read somewhere that if you break eye contact with a mountain lion first it will attack you.  I wasn’t sure if that was the same case with peacocks as well, but I wasn’t taken any chances.


Fortunately, Sir Henry was feeling gracious and decided not to peck my eyes out.  We took that as a sign that it was time to leave…

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25 Responses to A day at the zoo

  1. Carol says:

    Don’t you just LOVE this weather? We went to the zoo last Saturday — and downtown today — and I “Smileboxed” both experiences on my blog. I’ll bet it’ll rain again tomorrow…


  2. Hilary says:

    Those are some wonderful photos, Susan. I love those first two shots in particular….

    “You’d think that KT would come rescue us, but noooooo…” <— But with friends like this, who needs anemones? 😉

  3. Amanda says:

    Your pictures are stunning, especially the sea anenome. I don’t know of many teens that would rescue their parents from a posessed shark. Looks like fun.

  4. Jay says:

    I love zoos and I love aquariums. The best aquarium I’ve ever been to was the Monterey Bay Aquarium. So much fun!

    I also love drive through wild animal parks. Those are fun too.

  5. Jay says:

    Oh yeah, I really love that photo of the walrus. Looks like he has a rough weekend! LOL

  6. Lisa says:

    Cool pics! How on earth did I miss that you’re in my area? Some days I wonder about my brain.

  7. Ann says:

    OH how I love Point Defiance. I have lived in Seattle my entire 36 years and I went for the 1st time last Summer to PD. I’d always gone to Woodland Park as well. The penguins were my favorite!!!

  8. renate1945 says:

    I have never been to the Point Defiance Zoo either. Will have to check it out. BTW, here in the Cascade foothills the sun is still shining this morning. Hubby is out cutting the grass! In February! Unheard of!

  9. Betty says:

    Great photos. Especially the peacock.

  10. We had an experience with a Walrus at Sea World that was a little on the “excited” side. It was something to behold!

    I love your Sea Anemone pic.

  11. Too adventurous for me. Great pictures and wonderful tale. Next time I go the zoo, I’m going to watch out for those kid-eating walruses.

  12. mrs darling says:

    Looks like fun! We went to that zoo one time and loved it!

  13. Peggy says:

    See those penguins? You know how they smell like fish? Well it’s not because the zoo keepers don’t keep them clean enough. I actually saw a bunch of wild penguins in South Africa (the same variety in your photo) and they smelled of fish too. That’s just how they smell.

  14. Tink says:

    Oooo. That back-shot of the peacock is BEAUTIFUL!

  15. tommiea says:

    Those are awesome! That first one is my favorite.

    My husband was in Fort Lewis last week. He said the weather was awesome!!

  16. giveitatry says:

    I’ve always wanted to go there. Maybe this summer.

  17. What beautiful pictures!! I am amazed at how much I resemble Mrs. Walrus!!

  18. a lovely visit!..thanks for sharing the photos. i don’t know which is cuter…you & shaun in the jaws or the penguins. i feel like the walrus & wish i looked as glam as that peacock!

  19. Frances says:

    The walrus picture is too funny.
    You really outdid yourself with the text.
    Sending smiles your way,

  20. That last shot is beautiful. 🙂

  21. Karina says:

    What fantastic pictures! I would have been afraid to look away first too, Sir Henry doesn’t look like he was “playin'” 😉

  22. photowannabe says:

    Delightful pictures and story to go with them. I love all the photo ops that the zoo and aquarium give us photobloggers.

  23. Sam says:

    You look like you had fun! I just have one comment – what happened to the end of the sentence that goes…”Amazingly, in all the years we’ve lived in the Seattle area, I’ve never been to this particular park. It is n….” – was I supposed to learn some interesting fact about the park!!

  24. Pamela says:

    I’ve spent many hours in that park and the aquarium.. and down on the beach, too.

  25. wolfbaby says:

    Wow those look like amazing pics.. and what a wonderful day to have!!

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