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Augie's First Trip to the Zoo

Yesterday we packed up the car and headed to Madison to the Henry Vilas Zoo. We love this's just the right size, is very well maintained and has great animals. Unfortunately every time Andy & I go to Madison the weather seems to be rainy or windy...just downright unfavorable. We were nervous over the weekend, but kept watching the weather which showed the temps in the low 70s and sun. Lucky for all of us, it turned out to be a fantastic day! The weather was perfect!

This zoo stays busy all the time so we had a short 2 block walk through the surrounding neighborhood. When we arrived Augie was interested in EVERYTHING. We didn't expect much for his first time. We thought that maybe he'd be more interested in garbage cans and fence posts, but to our surprise he was amazed by certain animals, the trees and of course the people.

Augie really liked the Buffalo.

He also was very interested in the big fish. 

We packed snacks, took our time and stopped at Bluephies for a late lunch before heading home. One nice thing about Madison is they have a lot of options for folks with dietary restrictions. Bluephies had a really good selection of gluten free foods and I was able to find something to eat that was also dairy free! I had the turkey BLT with gluten free bread and a side of mashed potatoes. Andy had the cobb burger and a side of a squash and corn soup. It was all pretty yummy. 

We drove around the capital and made a stop at Brennan's Market to check out their craft beer selection. Andy came home with a nice mix and match six pack of beers that we can't get in Rockford. We can't wait for our next trip to Madison. Love that place. 


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