By the time Friday rolled around, however, we were feeling antsy and just couldn't stand to be housebound even with the winds and dark clouds roiling around the mountain peaks. We decided to knock a city thing off our to-do list - the Tracy Aviary - with the option of a trip to the Hogle Zoo afterwards to check out their new savannah exhibit. The Tracy Aviary is located in the southwest portion of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. They'd done a bunch of construction/remodeling work a few years ago and most of the exhibits are quite nice for a facility of this size. There are over one hundred species of birds in the Aviary, with a particular focus on South American species. The Aviary is divided into fourteen exhibits, including pelican and waterfowl ponds, the King of the Andes Andean condor, eagles, owls, macaws and king vultures, a variety of Argentinian birds, African hornbills, a rare birds exhibit and a South American pavilion.
Neither H nor I are huge bird fans but we did find several species quite interesting. Our favorites were the Andean condor, the hornbills (they have l o n g eyelashes for protection against blowing sand - birds with eyelashes!), the stunningly colored scarlet ibises, the guira cuckoos (who looked like they'd just gotten out of the shower) and the eagles and owls. Admission to the Tracy Aviary is only $7 for an adult ($5 on Mondays between 5-8 p.m.) and it's well worth a visit.
Afterwards, we went to Dick N' Dixie's to regroup and plot our next move. We decided to keep the zoo trip for another day and opted to return south for a late lunch of garlic burgers at The Cotton Bottom. There was a decent crowd there for a 3 p.m. Friday "late lunch," prompting H to wonder why all these people weren't at work. I just shrugged, tucking into my burger - if we were on vacation, they could be too.