The year: 1985.
My age: One month short of my 3rd birthday
The event: Family Outing
The location: the now defunct Enchanted Forest (which closed on Labor Day 1991. The land was sold and later opened in 1994 as Splash Down Dunes...thanks google).
The Result: A fascination with hippo's that continues to this day. Is this really how my fascination with hippos began...or is it merely a coincidence?
(In case you didn't know...I'm the little guy on top with the big smile) I won't lie...I always thought this picture was from Deer Forest or maybe the Brookfield Zoo. I don't know why a hippo would be at deer forest, but my memory of Enchanted Forest is far less than Deer Forest. I think I rode a camel at Deer Forest, so my thoughts were if they have a real camel then why not a fake hippo? Or Brookfield Zoo obviously has a hippo...so that would make sense too. Thanks mom for writing on the back of the picture the date and location!
Here's part of a Deer Forest brochure to prove the hippo's location. If only I knew where I could get this hippo (google failed me for once)!
To watch a classic enchanted forest commercial, click here.
Yeah...this post was pointless, but it was for my family and for a good laugh.