“Christmas In The Wild” Among Friends

Hey Everyone,

Decided on Saturday to venture out once again with one of my favorite meetup group of friends. I wasn’t going to dwell upon my on-going medical issues today and to try to let my mind over matter take over to help minimize my pain and discomfort. Figured it was good to get out for awhile for a fun day with friends, provided that once again, I try not to overdo it prior to my next surgery scheduled for this comming Tuesday.

Every year around the holiday season The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa transforms its Zoo and its residents (the wild animals) into a winter holiday wonderland. The enterance cost into the zoo after 4 PM for this event is normally $ 24.95 per person, however they had an on-going special where you can pay only $ 36.95 for a “discounted” zoo membership that will then allow free enterance into the zoo for the rest of 2018 and all the way thru 31 December 2019 (with exception of a few blackout dates). Since the Zoo has some other seasonal shows throughout the year, I figured that the $ 36.96 special membership was well worth purchasing.

The weather Saturday afternoon was just perfect (the high 70’s to low 80’s) and the evening was equally comfortable in the low 70″s (short sleve weather). Sorry for all you up on the colder winter climates. Of course, what could be better than a little bit of snow fall for the holidays in Florida. The penguins at the Zoo especially loved it!

Above is a nice group photo of most of my friends that attended and accompanied me in our “Christmas In The Wild” adventure today. Couldn’t ask for a nicer group of guys to hang out with!

Of course in yesterday’s blog, I had taken a photo with Santa Clause. So to be sure there wouldn’t be any quabble between this famous couple of whom I loved the best, I decided to take a photo with Mrs Claus this evening. Of couse, I reminded Mrs. “S” that I told her husband yesterday that all I really wanted for Christmas was simply to get over all my current medical issues and setbacks and to be in great health once again in 2019. Figured with Santa getting up in age and suffering from a bit of dementia Mrs. “S” could gently remind him of my Christmas wishes when the big day comes and he and his raideers are up and away in that big red sleigh!

A star is born!

Who doesn’t love Gingerbread this time of year!

My new friend…one of Sanra’s helpers!

These two people were so tall or I maybe I was just way too short. The guy in the tin soldier suit actually took the selfie of the three of us!

Only us four in the above photo from our group were daring enough to go on the log ride and to get all soaking wet. A little water never hurt anyone and although it was a bit later in the afternoon, the temperature was still warm enough for us to dry off quickly before the sun set.

Okay so let’s see some of our animal friends in the wild, going wild!

Okay….maybe not too wild as these 2 guys above were taking a little rest!

Love my giraffes!

These are actual birds up in the trees getting ready to settle down for the evening. As you can see, they were all dressed up in their festive green feathers for the holidays!

This is one large raindeer !

Okay, after a day full of fun and all that walking, I was a bit tired and had to ask one of my Christmas friends if I could use one of their “Candy ” Canes to lean on to for a while to rest for a bit. It was greatly appreciated!

Okay, so as I’m finishing up this blog to you all on early Sunday morning, I looked over to my right and to my surprise…..looked who was sitting on my couch in my RV ! I think and truly believe that this is the spirit of “Terry” coming back to visit us all in the form of this cute little frog. I think he’s trying to let us all know that he’s still with us and watching over us all and wishing us the very best througout the holiday season. How fitting for Terry to visit when I’m writing a blog about animals entitled “Christmas In The Wild” !

Have a great Sunday!

Luv, Gary

10 thoughts on ““Christmas In The Wild” Among Friends

  1. It’s great to see your smile, Gary, and I am so glad that you’re not letting the impending surgery dampen your holiday festivities! Love to see you dancing “kazachok” with your foot in a boot in front of a bunch of happy friends – that’s the spirit!


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