So it's off to South Bend, we're going to lose our Michigan accents while we're there since Michigan State beat Notre Dame in overtime yesterday. We dug out the old TomTom GPS, slapped it on the dash and we were on our way. Traffic in South Bend is a nightmare, roads go from one to two lanes then back to one lane at will, ten feet before an intersection our lane turns into a turn only lane without warning, stop signs are just a suggestion. I think with Notre Dame being here the driving method most used is, point the car, hit the gas and pray to Jesus that you get where you want to go.
Of course we got lost again and just started wandering and we ended up driving by the Stadium and seeing the giant touchdown Jesus on campus. I had to call our grandson and let him know that we saw it since his long term plan is to attend Notre Dame, he's already visited the campus twice for a weekend and is dead set on going here. When you look at the brochures for Notre Dame right beside where it sez tuition is shows $$$$$$.
After lunch at Culver's we finally found our objective, the Potawatomi Zoo. We almost turned around and left because the parking lot was full and we figured that it would be to crowded to enjoy, but we need the exercise so we thought that we would give it a try, good thing we did because it turned out that all the cars were for a couple of family picnics in the adjacent park and the zoo had very few people in it.
This is a very nice smaller zoo, very simple to navigate, just decide whether you want to go clockwise or counter-clockwise and you'll end up back where you started and see everything. We spent close to two hours here and the animals were very active today. Here's a few pictures.
Barnyard animal display
Red Panda that gave birth last month to three kits
University of Michigan Bird