Tuesday Mentionings: September 6

Hello! It’s Tuesday! haha, I missed posting yesterday because I had a crazy busy and fun weekend! I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend, I know I did!  I have lots of pictures to share from the long weekend.

Saturday, I ran 4 miles with Amy before she left town.  I was then going to run 6 more miles with Chris, but my knee was really acting up, so I ended up biking while he ran, but I did ditch my bike and run 2 miles in the middle with him, so I ended up with 6 miles of running and 4 miles of biking.  Good day!

Sunday morning, Chris and I headed out to the K bright and early for yoga in the outfield of the stadium, before the game.  Mom and I did yoga last year on the outfield, and I was super excited to get the opportunity to do it again!  We ran into Jenn, and hung out with her for the yoga part of the day. The weather was beautiful; the yoga was great, and the morning was just perfect!

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Photo courtesy KORE MOVEMENT.

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We actually got to walk down the tunnel right onto the outfield this year.   It was really neat to walk down through all the field equipment and see the murals on the wall and World Series posters and stuff.

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After yoga, we ate breakfast at Rivals, and then watched the grounds crew for a bit before heading to the car to change and wait to get back into the stadium.  We went in and had plenty of time to check out the Hall of Fame, including the 1985 and 2015 World Series trophies, and had a chance to walk around the outfield experience for a bit before heading to our seats.

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The Royals and Tigers were playing.. Chris’ team is the Tigers, and mine is the Royals (of course).  Chris joked that we are in a complicated (baseball) relationship. 😛  When the Royals were ahead, Chris made a sad little face, and then when the Royals ultimately lost, I, too, made a sad face.

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Monday after a warm Labor Day run, Chris and I hit up the zoo for the afternoon.  We got to see about half of the zoo, we didn’t have time for the Africa section, so we’ll definitely have to go back again.  We had a chance to see the penguins be fed, and watched the sea lion splash show before we left.  It was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to go back to the zoo again!

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I’m really excited to go to Wisconsin this next weekend for Kristen’s Ironman and a visit up there. I’m not sure if I’ll have a post next Monday… I’ll try to post a little something, and I’m sure I’ll have lots of pictures on Facebook and Twitter.  Have a great rest of your week, friends!

Sweet Girl Cinda

Today I read that Cinda, one of the African Elephants at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita KS, died. She was 43 years old, and lived in Wichita since 1972.

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Over the summer, James and I had the privilege to meet Cinda. James bought me a print of her trunk on canvas, called an “elephant kiss” and gave it to me for Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

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In reading the many comments on the news article and on the zoo’s facebook page about her passing, it is clear how much she meant to so many people through the years, including James and me.

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RIP Cinda.

Cinda the Elephant

A week ago, James and I were very lucky, and were able to feed, pet, and get up close and personal with an elephant.

First, let me back up and explain what’s going on.  For Valentine’s Day this year, James gifted me an “Elephant Kiss” from the Sedgwick County Zoo, which means the elephants had paint on the end of their trunks, and “kissed” the canvas, leaving a gorgeous and totally unique art piece.  My aunt, Debi, volunteers at the zoo, and was able to set it up for us to meet the artist herself.

My “Elephant Kiss” print was done by the elephant Cinda.  Cinda is about 42 years old, and has lived at the Sedgwick County Zoo for most of her life.  She and her elephant buddy Stephanie are about the same age, and were both brought from Africa to reside at the zoo.  The zoo-keepers told us that Stephanie is the smaller elephant, but she is the boss, and though Cinda is larger, she is pretty timid.

We got to pet, feel, and feed Stephanie, as Cinda was being weighed (monthly weigh-ins to ensure the elephants aren’t gaining/losing too much!).  Then we got to pose with our “Elephant Kiss” artist, Cinda.  It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I cannot express how excited I was to meet both of the elephants!

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It was amazing to see and feel first hand how gentle and intelligent these great animals were.  We watched their training, which is done daily, to keep their minds sharp and to keep them active.  The keepers said they know about 80 “tricks,” including “dance,” “march,” “sit,” and “salute.”  We only saw a few minutes of training, but the elephants are very smart.

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James feeding Stephanie. Both elephants ate a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples.

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Selfie with James, Debi, and me, photo bombed by Cinda the elephant!

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The Artist herself, Cinda the elephant!

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Cinda and me!

The zoo-keepers surprised us and also offered for us to meet and feed BiBi the Rhino! I was nervous at first… a few years ago I was partially sprayed by a rhino at a different zoo (not a fun experience!)  Turns out BiBi was super nice, and gentle, and we fed her a bucket of bananas.

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The entire day was just amazing.  After we fed and met the elephants and rhino, we saw the penguins get fed (it was World Penguin Day), and we saw the orangutans and chimpanzees that Debi volunteers with every week.

I have always loved the zoo, and it was such a unique experience to do something that not everyone can do.  It is a memory I will cherish, and I look forward to taking our children to the zoo someday and hopefully they will share the same love of animals that I do!

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James even bought me a stuffed elephant, and I named her Cinda, of course.

If you ever get a chance to meet an elephant, TAKE IT!! It was a fantastic experience, and I’m so happy I was able to do it with James and Debi.

Have you ever gotten to feed or meet a rare animal?