Because it was such a nice day, there were plenty of zoo visitors - lots of little and cute zoo visitors. How special for a toddler to be inches away from a Komodo dragon's mouth and yet free from the threat of certain death.
Lots of educational opportunities at the zoo too. For example, there was a zoo employee giving the mountain goat habitat a good cleaning with a fire hose, which gave me some great ideas for my house... if only I could get the other inhabitants to go along.
We really don't do much with the paternal in-laws. I first met them while in college during a bring-the-girlfriend-to-meet-Dad trip. They live in California and Magnum and I flew out during a break. I remember his dad, who seemed like a nice enough man, picking us up at the airport. When we got to the house, Magnum and the stepmominlaw proceeded to get into an argument while she made him a sandwich.
I would soon learn that this was all very normal for them. She'd probably enjoy a round or two with me, but I think she's learned that I'm not interested, so no fun, and she has (almost) given up on the trash talk.
I'm not sure why they were in Denver yesterday, but they'd invited us to come up and do the zoo. It was nice to have the large crowded zoo to detract from a fight or two breaking out. Probably the most difficult part of the day was getting teenagers up and presentable by a decent hour for a zoo.