... and the candlelit hike was fun, even if it was really cold and we didn't see any animals.
The fire looked great until it died down five minutes later ...
... but there were crafts and snacks to keep us occupied.
A few animals dropped by to celebrate with us ...
(whooooo's a little cutie? the screech owl, that's who)
... and we even got to make our own Yule Log. While Jason kept an eye on the glitteration of said log, I poked around the center looking for friendly animals to photograph. My major coup of the evening? I SAW THE MUDPUPPY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!!! (and we've been coming here for four years now)
The mudpuppy may be a bit shy, but a bunch of the other animals were out and about, and some even seemed to welcome the camera. A couple of the snakes even came over to the lens and sniffed all around it (through the glass) as though it was extremely interesting (or smelled like dead mice). A couple of the residents even smiled for me.