On principle, I do not visit zoos and I do not watch circuses or any show featuring animal performers. It's very easy to discern my objection to these places, and I hope that you will avoid any place that imprisons or uses animals for forced labor. Horse carriages and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus are just two examples of animal enslavement. Your local zoo is not the " nice, little place where children can see and learn about the animals. " It is a prison for animals, and the placards are a pitiful source of education. My son is nearly 29 yrs old now, and I have never taken him to the zoo or the circus. Does that mean he was ignorant about the animals? No. In fact, not too long ago, he did the right thing.
Last Monday was simply a good day to be out in nature. It was hot but not muggy. The high humidity hasn't come yet in our parts, and it won't be for a while. So, I went to the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center and hiked a trail that I would grade as easy. Here are some photos from that afternoon jaunt ( Click on the photos to magnify them) :