Sunday, December 23, 2007

Zoo Lights

Brian and I picked a perfect night to head out and see the Zoo lights at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Every holiday season, the zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. This year is extra-special because it's the 20th Anniversary of Zoolights! The year a special display: a twinkling replica of the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Here are some other zoo light facts:

* It takes 7 miles of extension cords to light up Zoo Lights!

* There are 27 miles of lights

* The famous "Flame Tree" has been lit for 19 years; it alone has over 30,000 lights - 20,000 purple and 10,000 green.

We took advantage of a window of dry weather (after a day of rain) and had a nice dinner at El Toro and arrived at the Zoo well before the after dinner rush.

My favorite was the eagle lights swooping down apon a northwest salmon...then retreating high in the tree with his prize catch. Unfortunately, the lights moved too quickly for a good shot.

I even got to feed the goats! Sorry, pigs noses in which to stick my fingers!

As we were leaving, the reflection of the nearly full moon across Commencement Bay was breath taking. We tried to capture it on film....but I'll carry the memory with me this holiday season.

A very enjoyable "new" holiday tradition!