My husband and I recently returned from a visit with our daughter and her family in Indiana. We made the eleven-hour drive from our home in North Carolina because I’m not ready to resume flying again yet. Some fog, heavy rain, and traffic in cities led to portions of the trip being white-knuckle efforts, but for most of the journey each way we had sunshine and smooth sailing.
The weather cooperated during our visit as well and my daughter did a great job of planning outdoor activities for all of us. We had a great time with her and her husband, and their four boys, ages nine (soon to be ten), eight, six, and four.
First stop was the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. The zoo is small, but well arranged and carefully managed. The interesting assortment of animals includes rhinoceros, okapi, emus, otters, monkeys, bison, and even a lion. The lion’s current habitat is temporary as they’re working on more spacious digs for him. The anteater is surprisingly huge and furry. Also in progress is an exhibit area for a set of animals due to arrive this fall: giraffes.
The boys enjoyed watching the various animals, but most popular things for them were the petting zoo, the train, and the carousel. A good time was had by all.