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Life Goals and a Zoo Date

Lana Hawk

This photo. Be. Still. My. Heart. Adam and I are both May birthdays and most years we tend to give the gift of experiences to one another like our latest cooking class. Spending time together to celebrate a birthday or holiday is way more valuable to us then more stuff. So, this year for my 32nd birthday (yikes!) we went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo down in Colorado Springs. Why you ask? Because I am in love with giraffes. Seriously. They are awkward and gangly, but so beautiful and graceful in their gangly-ness. I think the awkward and gangly qualities help me relate to them a bit. I mean have you seen me as a little high school freshman? Giraffe.

Sidenote: When my husband was teaching me the art of clipping in on the ol’ bike in prep for my half Ironman, he said I look like a baby Great Dane. A baby Great Dane. Apparently I didn’t look like I had much control over my gangly limbs. True love ladies and gentlemen.

Anyways, so Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a place where you can feed the giraffes. To me this was crazy talk. You can FEED A GIRAFFE? Dreams. Life goals. All coming true. Come to find out later this is actually a normal thing in a lot of zoos, but this sheltered Indiana girl didn’t know that. We drove down to Colorado Springs and spent the day walking around the zoo and seeing all the animals. It was fun to do something different with one another and get out of our routine, plus it was a beautiful day to be outside and life goals.

So, next time you plan a date or a birthday celebration for your significant other, think outside the box and go to the zoo or any number of other things that don’t require a dinner reservation at the same old standby. And also, always remember, life goals.