Thanks for popping in.
What a jam packed day we have had today!
This is a wall hanging in the zoo we visited which I fell in love with :
We started out with a long walk around the Living Desert Zoo.
First thing I saw was a great quote on the wall:
We strolled around the park in the hot desert sunshine. Saw so much, from wolves, mountain lions, bobcats and black bears
to bison, elk and prairie dogs.
They are so funny!
The vistas were breathtaking, but the heat!
We learned a valuable lesson about comparison.
There was a greenhouse-type building for the world’s succulents,
and I did warn Steve before we went in that it might be hot.
“Hot??” he responded, “It’s 92 degrees fahrenheit out here!”
I kid you not. When we opened the door and entered it hit us like a hot towel. 120˚ and humid.
The cacti were the largest I have ever seen!
Steve couldn’t see anything because his glasses steamed up as soon as we entered!
It was so hot you could hardly breathe.
But we dragged our sorry limp selves round the amazing plants
with true British stoicism.
We were the only peeps in there too,
which should have been an indicator…
Steve was waiting at the exit for me.
“Come on!” he called, “we need to have this experience together.”
When we opened the escape hatch, and lept out, it was
FREEZING OUTSIDE !!!!
Suddenly, 92˚ seemed really cold!
It’s like driving 120 miles an hour and then slowing down to 80.
80 mph suddenly seems sluggish.
(Don’t worry, I only drove that speed in Germany!)
So yeah. It’s all relative, isn’t it.
I was really feeling my age climbing down into Carlsbad Cavern later in the afternoon. The elevator was broken, so we had to walk back up to the surface too.
But then I saw an elderly Mexican lady
who must have been 80 if she was a day!
And she was coping just fine! I mean, she wasn’t skipping or doing cartwheels! But she was getting there, one step at a time.
Then I saw people much younger than us barely able to make it back up to the surface. So you see, it’s all relative.
Best to just have the experience and not worry about what others are doing, eh.
I will tell you all about Carlsbad Caverns another day.
It is spectacular.
P.S. 18,490 steps today.
And 66 floors.
No wonder I’m cream-crackered and Steve is snoring !!
Love & hugs,