Hubby, photograph, travel

Fort Wayne Museum of Art – Fort Wayne, Indiana

Part 4 of our visit to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

After we were done with the zoo, we went to the Museum of Art.  It was between lightly raining and raining harder so we could not really explore the downtown area.

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We enjoyed the Museum.  Since it was the Friday before Halloween, they had a Day of the Dead exhibit.  I took a few photos of the area.

They had a book for visitor’s to sign and leave messages for their loved ones who have died.  I left a message for Tanya.  You can see it on one of the photos.

These were taken in the hallways.  They had a glass ware display and an older toy display.  I thought the bourbon keg and the Fisher Price circus toys were pretty interesting.

They also had a guitar exhibit.  Hubby decided to pretend he was playing an air guitar.

In the hallways

In the sculpture garden

The friendship garden outside the museum.

Join me next time for when we visited Johnny Appleseed, aka John Chapman’s grave site.  He lived and died in Fort Wayne.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Hubby, photograph, travel

Halloween at the Zoo (Part 4) – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Part 3

They had a deal where the train ride was free to everyone on the day we visited.  Earlier in our visit, we saw it went past some beautiful fall foliage so we decided to ride the train.  We ended up the next people up for the ride when we got in line so we sat in the front behind the conductor.

 

Near the end of the zoo is the Indiana Farm.

The weather forecast had called for rain.  It started to lightly rain when we explored the farm.  It’s just a petting zoo/ farm animals.

The pig scared me because he all of the sudden stood up on the fence to say hi to me.

They were giving away free pumpkins to the kids right by the exit.  In true touristy places, the exit was through a gift shop.

 

Since it was raining when we left, we opted to go to Fort Wayne’s Museum of Art next.  I’ll share photos from there on another blog post.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Hubby, photograph, travel

Halloween at the Zoo (Part 3) – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Part 2

After we got done at the Indonesian Rain Forest, we watched the Red Panda.

 

 

 

Once we got to the Australian area, we ate our lunch.  I actually found a veggie burger on the menu.  Sweet!

My veggie burger – Hubby had a hamburger.

 

 

Join me next time for the train ride and the Indiana farm.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Hubby, photograph, travel

Halloween at the Zoo (Part 2) – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Part 1

After visiting the African candy trail, we went to the Indonesian Rain Forest.  We thought the indoor exhibit was marvelous.  Hubby’s favorite part was the orangutan exhibit.

 

 

These are Malaysian Walking Leaves.  I wouldn’t want to find one of them in my house.

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komodo dragon

 

The orangutans – I enjoyed taking photos of these guys.  There were some teens there that were in the way.  They were just sitting there without really paying attention to the gorgeous orangutans.  We had to ask them to please move for a minute so I could get a photo.

Here is my favorite photo from the orangutans.

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These are banana trees.

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This bird was SO loud.

Join me next time for the red panda and Australia.

 

Have a magical day,
Traci

Hubby, photograph, travel

Halloween at the Zoo (Part 1) – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Our school holds parent-teacher conferences in the fall and winter.  The Friday after conferences is a comp. day.

During the fall, I like to do a quick get away.  Last year, we went to the Columbus Zoo and then stayed with friends of ours.  The year before that we went to Louisville, Kentucky.

This year we went to Fort Wayne and Berne, Indiana.  I’ll explain why we went to Berne in a future blog post.


The Fort Wayne Children’s Museum is only open from late April until early October.  During the month of October, it’s open on Fridays – Sundays for trick or treating.  Half of the zoo is closed so I didn’t get to see all of the zoo.  😦

It was cool seeing the zoo all decorated for Halloween.

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These were the traffic lights near the zoo.  So neat!

These first photos are from the front of the zoo.

We decided to follow the trail to the African treat station.  There was lots of pumpkins and decorations along the way.

We finally found some animals.  The bird in the middle is a magpie.

 

Join me next time for our visit to the Indonesian forest.

Have a magical day,
Traci

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!

Harvest sign

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.

Melt and Freies

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.

 

Slack line

 

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

White water

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

Animal, photograph, travel

The Wilds – Part 3 (Pasture Tour)

“Did you know that giraffes sleep for only 5 to 30 minutes a day?”

Part 1

Part 2 – Pasture Tour Part 1

On July 10, one of the giraffes had a live birth.  Those who were on the pasture tour during that day got to watch the baby being born.  Our instructors got to watch it because they were at the Wilds to prepare for our workshop.

I got to see some of video they took of the baby being born.

Sadly 2 months after the baby was born, the baby died unexpectantly.  I was fortunate to get some great photos of Masai.

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The last collage is of Masai and his mother.

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Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a crash?

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These are the sable antelope from Africa.  The tsetse fly spreads a disease called the sleeping disease.  However, at one point it was thought it was spread by the sable antelope.  They started to kill the sable antelope which in turn caused the occurance of the sleeping disease to increase.  It was later discovered that it was not the sable antelope but the tsetse fly that spread the disease.

 

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The beautiful hawk that was flying.

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The Pere David deer – This deer is actually extinct in the wild.

Interesting fact about the Pere David deer is their mating rituals.  They go into the water and gather algae on their horns (sort of like decorations).  Then they roll around in the mud.  The lady deer love it.

 

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Bactarian deer

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The male Pere David deer with all of his ladies.

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View from the over look

I hope you enjoyed my photos from my visit to the Wilds.  It’s one of my favorite places to visit.

 

Have a magical day,
Traci

Animal, photograph, travel

The Wilds – Part 2 (Pasture Tour)

“Did you know that the Sichuan takin’s funny looking nose helps warm up the air?”

Part 1

After eating our lunch, sketching animals, and then the keeper talk with the African painted dog, the workshop participants got back on the bus for a condensed pasture tour.

We lucked out with a great tour guide who had a lot of knowledge about the animals.  Plus many animals were out in the pasture.

I brought my long lens so I was able to get a lot of great photos.

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This is a banteng and an eld’s deer.  The banteng is a wild cow species typically found in Thailand.

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The winter home for some of the animals, some of the scenery, and how the mow some of the pasture.

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The Sichuan takin and one of the deer species.

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The Sichuan takin – He actually a goat-antelope.  They live in cold regions so their noses warming up the air helps their lungs not seize up with cold air.

They live in the same bamboo forests as the giant panda.

Aren’t they cute animals?

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More of the winter homes.

There was a back up at the one gate.  The giraffes were in an ackward spot.  If they opened the gate, the girafees might have escaped.  So those tours needed to wait.

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The zebras just wanted to stand under the shelter.

 

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The scimitar-horned oryx – This species has been extinct in the wild for the past 40 years.  Several zoos and conservation organizations have been working on reintroduced them to the wild.

Since I have a lot of photos from the pasture tour, I’m going to have a part 3 of this series.

In the next blog post, I’m going to share the giraffe, Pere David’s Deer, and Bactarian camel photos.

Have a magical day,
Traci