Time Traveling to the Salt Lake City Zoo with Old Family Photos
Oh hey, it’s Friday!
This is my dad, circa 1966, being silly. For their honeymoon, my Mom and Dad toured Salt Lake City, including a visit to Hogle Zoo, where this photo was taken. Cute, huh? There’s also a photo of my mom doing the same thing. The lion is a drinking fountain. When they brought us here as kids, I had no idea the zoo was, in a way, part of our family history! My dad was a super nice person, thoughtful, and slow to speak. He could also be fairly serious. He recently passed away very unexpectedly, right before Father’s Day and a few months before my parents’ 50th anniversary. We all thought he’d be 100 because he was so healthy. I’ve been sifting through photos…and in so many old photos, he’s joking around and has an impish smile. At his funeral, relatives spoke about how he was when they were younger and described his practical jokes and how he couldn’t sit still. That’s why I love this photo. I had forgotten his fun side, and wish I had known it better. I love photos and photography and I now have a deeper appreciation of their time-travel qualities and importance in family history and our collective history. ~shared by @theogabc