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A trip to the St. Louis Zoo with Allison - May 2002
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We pick Allison up at her home early in the morning.  Leslie was glad to get a break and had already gotten busy cleaning out her car.  Allison was waiting outside and anxious to get going.
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Grandpa gets a hug.
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Leslie gets grabs a good bye snuggle from her little girl.  It will have to last her until evening.
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We've found a parking space in Forest Park, only a mile or so from the zoo entrance.  The path is mostly downhill, but we'll have to come back this way later. 
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First stop at the zoo was the bear compound.  This big brown bear was putting on a show for us.  Allison's mouth was wide open in awe when she first saw the bear.  She seems to feel safe enough with Grandpa though.
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The stroller was too boring for Allison and she walked quite a lot.  Here she's glad to have a ride on grandpa's shoulders.
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Still on grandpa's shoulders watching the ducks and swans go by
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Sharing her butter cookies with a hungry water fowl.  She attracted quite a following after a while.  This picture reminds me of a similar snapshot taken 34 years ago.
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Allison loves "monkey business" and here she's learning where that saying has it's basis.  She would have spent more time in there, but the air was a little too stinky for her delicate nose. 
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More monkey business
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Grandma takes a turn holding Allison in front of the camel pen.  The view is always better when you're up high. 
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Grandma and Allison on the zoo train.
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We drive back to our house.  Allison is tuckered out and takes this boring time in the car to grab a quick snooze.
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After a bite to eat, she bounces back right away and explores the side of our lot known as the "secret garden."  It's really just a side lot that doesn't get pruned or mowed.  Both the cat and Allison love it there.