July 4th, 2008

little review

Poem for Friday

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Our day in Boise started at Zoo Boise, where we saw many animals including tigers, bobcats, llamas, foxes, meerkats and of course penguins. From there we went to the World Center for Birds of Prey, originally created for peregrine conservation, now the home of nearly 50 California condors in temporary residence for breeding before they'll be released and several rare falcons and eagles too injured to be released into the wild, many of which are also participating in breeding programs. A small number of live birds are on display along with exhibits on the threats to birds of prey and ways conservationists are trying to help protect them.

We had a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant near our hotel, then took the kids swimming for a couple of hours before going to the Boise Hawks game against the Vancouver Canadians at Memorial Stadium. Paul's cousin Todd is the team's GM, so we got box seats overlooking third base and sat with Todd's parents. Todd's wife and older son work at the stadium and his younger kids were running around, so most of the family was present, though we never had everyone in one place at a time! Sadly, the Hawks lost 7-4 after tying the game in the bottom of the 8th, though we had left before the Hawks' last time at bat to get ready to travel early.

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Have a lovely Fourth of July, fellow US celebrants!