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26 May 2013 – Ember & A Trip to Salt Lake City, UT

So, I actually had Sunday and Memorial Day off this past weekend :)  I usually only have a Sunday off when I work a Saturday, but the holiday gave me a little extra time to rest.  Cindy had a three day weekend, so we headed up to Salt Lake City on Sunday…

26 May 2013 - We've had these bunny ears since Easter

26 May 2013 – We’ve had these bunny ears since Easter

 I don’t know where Cindy found those bunny ears, but I had to get a picture of Ember in them once she did :)

26 May 2013 - Those ears are cute on Ember, but she'd rather chew 'em :wink:

26 May 2013 – Those ears are cute on Ember, but she’d rather chew ‘em :wink:

Yes, they are incredibly cute on Ember, but she doesn’t care about that.  She just wants to chew on them :wink:

26 May 2013 - Scarlet Ibis at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – Scarlet Ibis at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

We decided to go to Salt Lake City instead of down to Arches National Park and Moab because we knew it would be packed with tourists down south and there wouldn’t be all that much to interest Ember.  Salt Lake City happens to have Liberty Park and the Tracy Aviary which looked like a nice place to take Ember :cool:

Sadly, I goofed and left my “real” cameras at home & had to use my iPhone.  Thankfully, it seemed to convey the correct retina searing intensity of the color of these scarlet ibis :D

26 May 2013 - Flamingos at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – Flamingos at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

Ember seemed to notice the scarlet ibis, but these flamingos were loud enough, moved enough, and were brightly colored enough to really get her attention :)

26 May 2013 - An Andean Condor at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – An Andean Condor at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

Have you ever been up close with an Andean Condor?  I had quite a few years before at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, but it’s really been quite a long time.  This guy was happy to hop up and down the steps in his enclosure and seemed rather interested in walking along the fence to get a better look at all the people :)

26 May 2013 - Bald Eagles at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – Bald Eagles at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 - A Golden Eagle at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – A Golden Eagle at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 - A Golden Eagle at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – A Golden Eagle at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

I’m used to seeing eagles either at a distance in the wild or up close but really behind a barrier in a zoo.  These birds were injured at some point in their lives and were nursed back to as good of a state of health as possible.  While they’re healthy enough to hang out at the Tracy Aviary, they’re still too disabled to be released into the wild.  If you look closely at the left side bald eagle, you’ll see he’s missing about half of his left wing.  With no possibility of them flying away, they can be kept closer to the visitors.  I’m glad they have a good place to spend the rest of their lives :cool:

26 May 2013 - Pretty flowers at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

26 May 2013 – Pretty flowers at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT

Neither Cindy nor I knew what kind of flower this was, but we agreed it’s really pretty :D

26 May 2013 - Ember is just so CUTE!!!

26 May 2013 – Ember is just so CUTE!!!

26 May 2013 - Ember likes her teething biscuits :)

26 May 2013 – Ember likes her teething biscuits :)

26 May 2013 - Ember was fascinated by seagulls in Liberty Park

26 May 2013 – Ember was fascinated by seagulls in Liberty Park

26 May 2013 - Ember being her normal, happy self :cool:

26 May 2013 – Ember being her normal, happy self :cool:

No, I didn’t go through the whole day without taking any pictures of Ember :)  She was in such a good mood all day – just a happy, smiling, giggling, bundle of cuteness on overdrive :thumb:

26 May 2013 - Looking southeast over the boat and canoe lake in Liberty Park

26 May 2013 – Looking southeast over the boat and canoe lake in Liberty Park

This is one of the views in Liberty Park.  This is the lake where you can rent a canoe or pedal boat and you can watch the seagulls.  Those are the Wasatch mountains in the distance.  What you don’t see are the greenhouses, the swimming pool, tennis courts, duck pond, kiddie rides, and more.  It was a very nice place to spend the day :)

26 May 2013 - Ember & her daddy outside the Tracy Aviary

26 May 2013 – Ember & her daddy outside the Tracy Aviary

OK, time to wrap this up.  We were on our way back to the car and Cindy thought the flowers behind the fence here made for a nice backdrop.  I know I’m going to cherish this picture as I don’t have too many pics of Ember and me together and I really like this one :cool:

Well, that’s about all for now :)  I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I hope you have a fabulous day :mrgreen:

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