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July Backlog

Continuing from June.

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Birthday Locations

As I’ve been ferrying my kids to various indoor birthday parties I’ve started to accumulate a decent collection of photos of the outsides of the warehouses which house the various bounce houses, gyms, etc. in which the kids will be entertained.

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Pump It Up
Fremont, California

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Bounce U
West Windsor, New Jersey

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Princeton, New Jersey

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West Windsor, New Jersey

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Hamilton, New Jersey

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Ewing, New Jersey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Two trips this summer. Usually I only get to go once. It’s funny, as much as I prefer the local-focus of aquariums, I’ve been finding myself trying to rationalize that with how zoos are generally much much better in terms of animal husbandry and acquiring their exhibits. I love that zoos provide a place for rescued animals and are actively involved in trying to save species through breeding programs. I just dislike that they all seem to focus on the same charismatic megafauna and none of them really explain what the local wildlife scene is.

Aquariums meanwhile are almost always local but it seems like most of the animals on display are captured from the wild. I find myself increasingly wondering what the cost of this is both in terms of how many animals don’t survive their capture—or their captivity.

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San Francisco Zoo

Our yearly visit to the San Francisco Zoo. We managed to catch the Polar Bear getting a snack of a whole rabbit. It’s nice to see the zoo keeping things real and not pretending that meat doesn’t come from other animals.

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We also went across the street afterwards to spend some time at the beach—which was cold and windy just as God intended. The kids had fun playing chicken with the waves. The grown-ups tried to stay warm.

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Coyote Point

A trip to Curiodyssey where the boys are getting a little more into the educational exhibits. Followed by a walk along the coast and a visit to the Magic Mountain Playground. It’s been a long time since I wandered along the Bay coast and it was nice to be reminded of where I used to work.

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Happy Hollow

We’ve been going to Happy Hollow for years. The boys are starting to outgrow it but it’s still got a few trips left in it.

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Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad

A trip to Los Gatos to ride on the Wildcat Railroad.

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