Hello everyone! This is my first post in quite a while as I have finally escaped from the black hole of time that is wedding planning. Finally the concept of “free time” has come back to me. It’s pretty exciting, but I’m not going to ramble on about the wedding except to say that it was quite nearly frickin’ perfect, it was totally worth the headaches, and I am sooooo glad I won’t have to do it again. Anyway, other important things are going on in the world. As you likely already know, tomorrow is Election Day. (Also known as that fantastic time when the seemingly endless campaigning finally stops and we can all start watching TV again without fear of political ads.) So what I’m trying to say is make sure you vote! We are fantastically lucky to be in a country where there is a peaceful transition from one leader to the next and it is up to all of us to do our duties and keep that up. Vote! That is all I will say about that.
Now, onto a less serious subject. As you may or may not be aware, Seattle is known for it’s rain. Also, if you have gone outside or looked out a window you might know that it has been raining quite a lot. What you may not know is that you can use this rain to your advantage (and not just as a cheap way to shower). On select days at the Woodland Park Zoo you can get a Rainy Day Discount. That means that on certain days (based on weather forecast) you can print off a coupon for 50% off admission to the zoo. All you have to do is go here: http://www.zoo.org/rainyday#.UJiLSGcsHvY and see whether or not the discount is on.
You can also print off a map with special raindrop symbols marking the places you can stay dry. There is also a guide to building hopping from both the South and West entrances that will allow you to see as many animals as possible while also staying as dry as possible. You can still have a fun day at the zoo and not leave feeling like you’ve gone for a swim with the otters. Part of being a resourceful Seattleite is finding ways to still go outside and not become one with your couch during the rainy fall, winter, spring and some of the summer months. So, go forth and see cute animals and stay somewhat dry!