One of the perks of living in the Urban Jungle has been buying and using season passes to the local zoo. It isn't very big and the selection of animals is small. In fact, even if you mosey and read every word of every sign as well as spend some time admiring every animal, you are still only talking about an outlay of perhaps two hours. Three if you throw in lunch. But I have yet to tire of it.
It seems as if every time we go, my daughter seems to "discover" a new animal that she really hadn't paid attention to before and as any parents knows, one of the best perks of being a parent is seeing the world again through their child's eyes. On this particular trip, my daughter discovered the koi pond.
As you can see, the koi pond is packed pretty tight though in reality, they are only that tight due to their gluttony. The pond covers probably an acre or two but there is a wooden dock that encloses a spot of 100 square feet where people can walk and feed the fish. My daughter decided she wanted to feed the fish and so I fished through my pockets and came up with one quarter. I put it in the dispensing unit, turned the handle and nothing came out. The feed was caked up inside. But my daughter really had her mind set on feeding the fish. So being the good dad that I am, I spent the next fifteen minutes picking up individual nuggets of fish food that had spilled down onto the docks and giving them to my daughter to toss into the pond. I am happy to report that my efforts were not wasted. Not one single nugget of food made it to the bottom of the pond, many of the fish went home that evening just a little bit fuller, and the dock was a little bit cleaner. My hands however, smelled a bit fishy.