What’s good about January


Notice the lack of punctuation? What is good about January is not a question. (Winter haters out there, I hear you.) It’s a statement. Supported by pictures.

When January warms up a bit it’s the most gorgeous time to stroll the local zoological park, which is what I did with Girl from the East. First stop, the polar bear exhibit. I feel bad for these arctic animals when I see them panting in the July heat. But this is closer to their element.

On this clear, crisp afternoon, we had the park to ourselves. Just a handful of us diehards, bundled up against the almost 60-degree weather we had a few weeks back. No lines or crowds to dodge. The indoor exhibits were so quiet we could hear the hay crunching in the giraffe’s mouth as it ate.

And the reward? A visit on the way out to the indoor garden, butterfly house and aviary. I won’t set foot in this place in the summer.


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