After taking us to the zoo and showing us the planned renovations, on the spur of the moment, Andrew Chatwin took Tolga and I on a hike to the Amphitheater – just minutes from our cottage! It was absolutely stunning and a mind-blowing experience for us – not to mention that I got sucked into quicksand along the way. Please enjoy our short little video clips.
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The FMJ Zoo is a 12-acre parcel that was turned into a small zoo by one of the Crick’s most beloved people, “Uncle Fred Jessop.” From what I understand, Uncle Fred loved children and created the zoo to bring enjoyment to the little ones growing up here. It used to have bears, a giraffe I think, and more. At some point,Uncle Fred died and the zoo was forced to close. Today it is being renovated to once again become a place of happiness in the community.
The pond is being stocked with fish, special fishing and picnicking locations were set up, and it is being turned into a nature center. The photos below are from a special work day project sponsored by the Fern Foundation (led by Lindsay Hansen Park) where lots of outside volunteers came in to help make a difference.