local sights, photographs

Dayton Masonic Center – Lots of Photos

Many years ago, I would visit the Dayton Masonic Temple, as it was known, for Rainbow events. We were only ever allowed on the first and basement. The top floors were off limits and forbidden because we were girls. That was the men’s area.

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local eats, local sights, photograph, Recipes, Vegetarian, Write 31 2018

Boy, Was It Hot! – What I ate at the Outdoor Experience – Day 9 of 31

During the first weekend in October, a local park has an Outdoor Experience.  Visitors can try out different outdoor experiences, watch dogs jump off a dock, and camp out, etc . . .

You never know what the weather is going to be like during this experience.  Sometimes it is cold, cool, or even wet.  This year it was record temperatures.  It was 80 some degrees outside.

The Imaginative One got super hot and didn’t feel good for a while.  He got some water and sat in the shade for a little bit and then felt better.

So what did I eat at this Outdoor Experience?

There was a lot of vegetarian options at the different food trucks.  Vegan quesadillas at one food truck, hummus and pita at the Gyro food truck, and a red bean and lentil burger at another food truck.  I chose one of my favorite food trucks to get my lunch.

I love Harvest especially the fries from there.  The fries are a mixture of russets and sweet potato with herbs and a sriracha ketchup.  Super yummy!

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Here is a list of what they had as choices.  As you can see there was 3 vegetarian options plus the fries.  It was a tough decision because I almost bought all 3 options.

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The Sprouts, Melt, and Black Bean and Quinoa Falfel Tacos were my choices.  I went with the Melt because you can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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As soon as Hubby saw my fries, he made a bee line to Harvest to get his own order.  I shared my fries with the Wee One.  He’s the more adventurous eater.  He also tried the sriracha ketchup.  Didn’t like it though.

I also got a frozen lemonade that I forgot to take photo.  I shared that with the Wee One.

The Wee One and Hubby went off to ride in the kayaks so I had the Imaginative One who got super hot.  We ended up getting food at a food truck called the McNasty.

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The Imaginative One was able to get a burger there.  I ate some Butter Pecan Ice Cream from my favorite dairy.

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So that’s what I ate at the Outdoor Experience.

Do you want to see some photos from the experience?

Wee One and dogThe Wee One told me that all the dogs visiting the Outdoor Experience must be what Heaven is like.  He told me that he wants to be a professional dog petter as an adult.

Thank you random stranger who stood there while he got a photo with his dog.

Dog jumping – So cool!  One jumped 18 feet!

The Wee One kayaking.

 

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Very hot penguin – The Imaginative One told me he would quit if he dressed in a costume like the penguin on a hot day like Sunday.

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High wire

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Now onto a serious matter.  As you can see all of my family members are wearing life jackets.  After the experience closed for the year, a man in his 50s went into the river without a life jacket.  They are currently searching for his body now.  Such a sad situation to a great festival.  Please pray / send good thoughts to that family.

Life jackets are important.  Please wear them.

Hope you enjoy my photos from the Outdoor Experience.

Happy vegetarian eating,
Traci

Family, local sights, photograph

Mom’s Visit to Golden Lamb | Lebanon, Ohio | Part 2

The Golden Lamb is known as the oldest continuous running inn in Ohio.  Operations began in 1803 and still continue today.  In fact, there was only 4 vacant rooms left on the day we visited the Golden Lamb.

Here is the link to part 1 of our visit.

 

Here are photos of the fire board my Great Uncle painted in 1971.

Until next time, have a magical day,
Traci

 

Family, local sights, photograph

Mom’s Visit to Golden Lamb | Lebanon, Ohio | Part 1

The Golden Lamb is known as the oldest continuous running inn in Ohio.  Operations began in 1803 and still continue today.  In fact, there was only 4 vacant rooms left on the day we visited the Golden Lamb.

The Golden Lamb is also known for their ghosts.  One of the famous ghosts is Sarah.  Sarah’s family moved to the Golden Lamb when she was 5 years old.  She grew up at the Golden Lamb.  However, there is stories of a young girl haunting the inn.  Some say it’s Sarah.  (I did not take photos of Sarah’s room.)

Our reason for stopping at the Golden Lamb was because my mom’s uncle had been commissioned to paint a fire board in 1971.  I had been to the Golden Lamb previously so I had seen it in person.  Mom had not seen it.

I guess they have not had the fire board out so we lucked out it since it was on display when we visited.

Enjoy the photos I took of the Golden Lamb.

 

 

Since I have a lot of photos of the Golden Lamb, I’m going to share more of the photos in another blog post.  I’ll have photos of the fire board in the next blog post.

Until next time, have a magical day,
Traci

 

Family, Holiday/Christmas, local sights, photograph

Fourth of July Parade – 2018

This year I decided to sit at the beginning of the parade not realizing I was going to miss all of the cool floats.  Our town’s parade begins in 4 spots – a church and 3 entrances of a shopping plaza.  If a float or group started at the church or the one entrance of the shopping plaza, then I got to see it.  Actually I saw the fire engines/ ambulances take off from one of the other spots but that was because they had been parked behind where I sat for the parade.  I missed the floats, etc. . . that started at the fourth spot.  Now I know.

Oh, and the heat index was ridiculous.  It was in the 90’s and so very humid.  I had a shady spot to sit in but the end of the parade, my shirt was moist.  The Wee One, the Imaginative One, and I stopped at Burger King to get frozen drinks afterward because we were so hot.

Enjoy the photos I was able to get of the parade.  I think I got some good photos.

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Every year, there is a fly over.  This year, I was able to capture that fly over.

The two dogs are therapy dogs.  Their names are Spirit and Hairy or Harry.  They go to a local hospital twice a month to help people recuperate from surgeries, etc. . .

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I got a few shots showing you some of the floats that I missed seeing.  After a while, it was pointless to try to get a photo of all of them since I could barely see them even with my telescopic lens.

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My boys walked in the parade holding the big flag.  (Only the Imaginative One is shown in the photo.)  They started at that fourth entrance.  The people who were sitting next to me at the parade were kind enough to watch my stuff so I could run/ walk fast to get a photo or several photos of them before they started marching in the parade.

My niece was rollerblading with the Girl Scouts.  She went past me but was waiting by the Boy Scouts for the parade to move.  The Imaginative One had to take a photo of her and heckle her.  She responded back.  They have such an interesting relationship.  They are only 2 months apart in age.  She’s going to be a sophomore while he’s going to be a freshman.

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I absolutely love how this collage turned out.  They had a group of Marines and some trucks that were with the Marines.  These decals on the truck window were awesome so I took photos of them.

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You can’t forget the street cleaners.

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I hope you had a magical 4th of July!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Family, Holiday/Christmas, local sights, photograph

Fourth of July Fireworks

This year some kind soul paid for the fireworks display in our little city.  So we had a bigger and better fireworks display this year.  When the fireworks display was over with, you could smell the sulfur and see all the smoke.  

I was able to get a lot of good photos of the fireworks.  My plan was to bring my tripod but I had forgotten it in my haste to leave my house when my mother-in-law came to pick the boys up.  The tripod would help with long exposure shots which would have been cool.

However I love the shots I got of the fireworks so it all worked out in the end.

Without the further ado, here are the collages I created of the fireworks.

The sunset – It was gorgeous plus the boys waiting patiently or not so patiently for the fireworks.

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It was 10:30 pm.  I was attempting to get a photo of all of the smoke.
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The first video is from  sometime in the middle of the display.

The second video is from the finale.

I hope you had a magical 4th of July!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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An Oasis in the City

If you ask anyone who truly knows me, they would tell you that I could be a tour guide for our area.

My aunt came to visit a month ago.  One morning, we spent time going to go get donuts and then I took her to various places.  My mom was ready to come over to my house for us to continue working on organizing my kitchen.  She was sort of panicked because we were only suppose to be gone for an hour or so.  Yep, we took longer than an hour because I ended up taking her to a couple more places than expected.  I wanted to show her some of the places I enjoy taking photos.

Then last week my friend, Molly came to visit.  She came in 2016 and enjoyed it so much that she flew down once again.  I took her to different places this year.  Well, that is except for one place.  We went to Carillon Park in 2016 but it was a rushed visit.  She talked about the park so my mom got us tickets to see Orville Wright’s home and tickets for Carillon Park.  Molly got to see more of the park this year.

Since I enjoy taking people to various places in my hometown or areas close to my hometown, I needed to really think what area of my town I wanted to showcase in this blog post.

Before we begin, where is it that I live or what city do I live close to?  I live near Dayton, Ohio which is an hourish north of Cincinnati, an hourish west of Columbus, and an hourish east of the Indiana border.  An hourish north of me is Wapakoneta, Ohio where Neal Armstrong is from.  There is a lot to see and do in this big hourish circle.  Don’t you love how I use the word hourish?

Dayton is known for having the most patents and inventions.  Here is a list of some of the inventions that have come from this small city:

  • pop tabs for pop cans
  • freon for air conditioners
  • self starter for cars
  • airplane
  • self scanning machines
  • Etc. . .

We have the biggest free museum on Aviation in our city.  People from all over come to see the National Museum of the Air Force or Air Force Museum.  However, I’m not going to showcase the museum today.  (Air Force One is on display in building 4 of the museum.)

Today I’m going to showcase two places which are located diagonally across from each other in downtown Dayton.  Downtown Dayton used to be known for it’s shopping back in the day but that is no longer a thing.  So a group of people have worked together to revitalize the downtown area.  Riverscape Metro Park and Fifth Third Field are two places that have been built so that people will come to the downtown area.  Today I’m going to share why Riverscape is a great place to visit.

One of the cool thing is the RiverScape River Run.  It makes the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton more accessible to those who enjoy water activities.

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There is also cool statues throughout the park.  Here is an example of one of those statues:

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I believe this is represent the devastating flood we had in 1913.

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There is also a walking path along the Great Miami River so if you want to exercise this is the place to go.

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There is also a splash pad for the kids to beat the summer heat.

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There are also swings to sit on so you can watch people riding their bikes or walking.  You could also watch the wild life.  (I once saw a deer crossing the road into the park.)  Or read or check your phone while sitting on these swings.

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Or you could read a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a famous African American poet who was a resident of Dayton.  Did you know he was friends with the Wright Brothers and is buried close to them?

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You can also watch the fountain show.

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I forgot to take a photo of their pavilion where you can sit on a hot day or ice skate under in the winter.

You can get food there during certain hours.  So if you worked in downtown Dayton, it would be a great place to get your lunch.

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Across the street is my favorite sculpture.  It’s Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright and their 1905 Wright B. Flyer.  (Wilbur’s flying)

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Diagonally across from the park is Fifth Third Field where the minor league baseball team plays.  (Dayton Dragons)  As Molly told me, she had more fun at that game than the minor league team she has in Rochester New York.  It’s not just a game, it’s an experience.

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I have done another blog post about Riverscape, click here for that post.  Those photos were taken during the spring.

I hope you enjoyed my oasis in the city.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

local sights, photograph

Day Trip to Austin Landing, Miamisburg, and West Carrollton

It seems as though my photo blogging posts get the most likes.  So I decided to make a video of my day trip adventure that I took on Friday.

After getting up for the day, I went to a few of the suburbs south of Dayton, Ohio.  One of the places I had not been to before which is Austin Landing.  I had been to the historic part of Miamisburg last year but didn’t really take photos.  Cox Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit especially during July because of the butterfly house.

Here is a video of me in the evening talking about my day. In the background, you’ll hear my oldest asking me what I was doing and then he decides I’m vlogging so that is why I called this video Vlogging Attempt.

Here is the actual video from the photos I took on Friday morning. I am working through trying to figure out how to put music in these videos. For some reason, both YouTube and my video creation program only allow one song which is so frustrating.

Enjoy the video.

Have a magical day!
Traci

local sights, photograph

Lincoln Park Blvd. Park

Today after an appointment, I found myself at a new to me park.  I had never been to this park before and it was at that moment that I wished I had my DSL-R.  I found a few good photo ops at the park.

These photos that I took while at the park were taken with my phone.

Across the street from the park was an assistant living home for senior citizens.  One of the gentleman in the park had the cutest dog.  I overheard him say that the dog knew the whole park.  The dog even came up to me to ask for a quick pet.  Once I scratched his head, he ran back to his owner.

Here are some photos from my quick 15-minute stop in this park.

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Have a magical day.
Traci

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Clifton Mill’s Twinkling Lights

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Wait, I’m not talking about stars in the sky.

Today I’m going to be talking about Christmas tree lights that twinkle merrily.

About 20 minutes from my house is a working water mill called Clifton Mill.  Each Christmas season, they decorate the mill.  People come from all over to see the lights. Continue reading “Clifton Mill’s Twinkling Lights”