Tim & Donna and us spent the day touring but not what you'd think. We didn't go to a fancy event or ritzy place. They said one of the best zoo's around was a small one in the Tacoma area on the road to Gig Harbor, called Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA). We weren't disappointed. Though small this place has a lot of heart. Heart? you say? Yes "heart", it seems this zoo & aquarium has the "heart" to take in otherwise unwanted castoffs from other zoos and give them an extended life. For instance, Suki (I believe) is an Asian elephant of 48 yrs, so abused by a circus her trunk was broken and with her abuse came mental challenges, that the Portland, OR zoo couldn't/wouldn't handle anymore. So rather than allow them to "put her down" PDZA vouched for her, along with a huge sum of money from a local built Suki and her friend (another terrible case) a 3 million dollar enclosure and care. Wow, what a committment! There are other cases of rescued animals at PDZA.
The 150 mile round trip for the day was worth the effort and small cost. On our way back home instead of putting up with drive-time traffic we pulled into an Azteca restaurant. Been awhile since we had good Mexican food. After that the drive back to the TTN Chehalis preserve was a breeze, least for us, Tim did the driving.
For more info about Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium go to: www.PDZA.org
After a day like this Dave has to rest his back so we'll take acouple days off from touring or working and let him rest. He's still about 90%, the last 10% is going to take time.