Yesterday, to celebrate the first day of spring, hubs and I made the one hour drive from our RV park over to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX.

I’ve not been a big fan of zoos, but then again, I’ve only been to a couple and that was easily over 40 years ago. I know that regulations have tightened up and conditions for the animals have improved over those many years.

I had heard and read that Gladys Porter is a good, clean zoo and that the animals are healthy and are housed in open habitats, so I put it on my South Texas Bucket List. I was excited to see animals that I had never seen anywhere but in books, on TV, or on the internet. There’s just something special about seeing these creatures in real life.

It was a sunny, 28°C (82.4°F) day with only a gentle breeze, so the weather was perfect.

To tour the entire zoo, took us the better part of three hours and 7800 steps. I wore my Hoka running shoes and my feet and legs felt fantastic. Hubs, who isn’t accustomed to that much walking in one go, was feeling it a bit after we got home.

My feature photo today is of a mama Warthog with her piglet cuddled up beside her. It was wonderful to hear the children squeal, “Lion King!” and “Pumbaa!” as they approached this area. Lion King was our Granddaughter’s favourite movie. When she was little, I purchased all of the Disney animated movies on VCR. I believe we watched Lion King one hundred times if we watched it once. I was surprised that it’s as popular now as it was so many years ago. (Our granddaughter is almost 22 and the movie was released two years before she was born). Was 1998 actually 24 years ago? Wow!

I took many photos yesterday, so, as I go through them and weed them out, I’ll turn my next few posts into a small series about our adventures at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

“As it turns out, “The Lion King” is responsible for one of the most important life lessons of all time. Simba”s sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa teach him the Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata”, which means NO WORRIES FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS. Life is hard, but that doesn”t mean you need to suffer. Happiness is a choice. You can choose to shrug off your worries and feel good instead. Timon and Pumbaa call this their “problem free philosophy”, a great philosophy to learn as a kid and an important one to remember as an adult.”