Is that not the sweetest little bunny ever?
Micah and I were so thrilled to hold this little (5-week) bunny.
She was quiet and still the entire time, and was content to let people pet her.
As you can guess, eventually the subject came around to bringing the bunny home.
The adults in the group had a good laugh as Micah tried his best to convince us that we needed a bunny.
As with all good decisions, we decided to think it over, at least until we could find a hutch for her to live in.
Micah was a tiny bit sad, because he was sure the bunny needed to come with us right then.
My friend Amanda and I talked about that feeling---as a kid, really truly wanting something and feeling the depths of despair when you realize your parents aren't going to give it to you, at least not right then.
We decided to help evaporate his sadness on the way home with a visit to one of my favorite places.
(The rest of these pictures are from a day trip in 2010. Too dark last night for pictures.)
This place has wonderful ice cream.
(And a posted allergen guide---which helped us avoid certain disaster last night.)
The teeny tiny town of Emlenton lies along the Allegheny River.
It's a nice location for flatwater canoeing.
Last year, Todd and I saw quite a few immature bald eagles and great blue heron as we paddled.
But by far, my favorite part of Emlenton is the old mill, now revamped into the Emlenton Mill Creamery.
This is the view from the back patio.
Nice to be able to see bald eagles soar above the river and eat ice cream at the same time.
If you go on a weekend evening, there is live music with your ice cream.
It doesn't get much better than that.
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But this morning, when we were out of sight of that intoxicating creature, Micah and I talked about the reality of having a bunny---that she would need to live outside.
In the summer, it would be easy to hold her and play with her.
But in the winter, it would be difficult for them to hold the bunny enough to keep her tame---because they wouldn't be able to bring her in the house to play with and then take her back out to the freezing cold. Which means they'd need to play with her in the garage.
That's not a very fun life for a bunny.
So when all was said and done, we decided that whenever we need a bunny fix, we'd head up to visit Jake & Julie at Medley Acres---and pet Jake's bunnies.