Flowers Galore – Day 2 Part 5

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Today we’re visiting the Greensboro Arboretum. We only saw a small portion of the arboretum. The arboretum is 17 acres with 3 different entrances. We went to the Ashland Drive entrance with the parking lot across the street.

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Jellyfish and Interactive Walls – Day 2 Part 4

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Today is our last post from the Greensboro Science Center.

Before we left for the day, we decided to walk through the aquarium. Boy are we glad that we did that walk through because we found the coolest room.

It had various tanks with fish divided into different ecosystems such as coral reefs. The jellyfish display were in this room. The neatest part of the room was the interactive walls.

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This is the computer animated fish at the beginning of the cool room.

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The jelly fish

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The lionfish – They had another area that you could climb into to get closer to the lionfish. The Wee One thought it was cool.

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This was from that cool room.

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Top Left – The wall that was the entrance to the room

Middle – A seahorse sculpture

Top Right – An interactive wall about coral reefs

Middle Right – Another interactive wall – This one is about adaptations.

Bottom Right – The sign listing all of the fish that were located in one of the tanks.

Bottom Left – Hubby trying out another interactive wall.

Middle Right – A light display on the floor.

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More photos of the octopus

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The Wee One and Imaginative One wanted to touch the manta rays once again before we left for the day.

Here are some shots of the various fish, stingrays, eels, seahorses, and sharks that we saw in the aquarium.

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The fishing cat – We did not get to see him earlier in the day. We were so happy that we got to see him that afternoon.

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The penguin and golden lion tamarin

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Some of the signs

Join me next Saturday as we explore the Greensboro Arboretum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

Finally the Museum – Day 2 Part 3

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We have two more posts about the Greensboro Science Center. Today we are going to explore the museum part of the Greensboro Science Center.

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The gem they have in the atrium.

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They have a lab downstairs that we visited. The boys were able to pet a snake while we were in the lab.

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The alligator snapping turtle – We swear it’s the alligator snapping turtle that was a special exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery a few years ago.

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The rhino nosed lizard (I think it’s the name of the lizard.)

The Imaginative One was intrigued by it. He could have stared at it for a long time.

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Random displays downstairs

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A poison dart frog and a person showing off the skulls of different reptiles.

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The pendulum and area where visitors could sit and eat.

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The murals they had in the atrium of the museum.

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They had an interactive display about health.

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They also had an exhibit about weather. I enjoyed reading about different extreme weather.

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The dinosaur exhibit

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Random Shots of the museum

Join me next Saturday for more photos of the aquarium.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

Monday Afternoon – Big Red Lighthouse

Join me today for photos of Lake Michigan and the Big Red Lighthouse.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill

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A Ropes Course and Zoo – Day 2 Part 2

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Ropes Course

Here is a video of the Imaginative One on the ropes course.

And the Wee One on the ropes course –

The boys were given a two hour block of time that they could be on the ropes course. During that time, they could be on any of the courses – beginner, medium, and advanced. They ended up lasting for 1 hours and 45 minutes before they decided to be done with the course.

It was well worth the money we spent. At one point, the Wee One thanked Hubby for having him do the course. He really enjoyed doing it.

Here are three collages of them on the course.

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Zoo

Gibbon talk

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Animals in the Discovery House – The animal on the bottom right is a chinchilla.

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From left top clockwise to left middle

Chickens – They were given free reign of the area.

Meerkat

Wallaby

Tortoise

Some sort of bird that was up in the rafters

Alpaca

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The farm area was sponsored by Levi jeans. They had this cool jeans sculpture.

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More of the Gibbons

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Random Shots

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Tiger

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There was a goat in the back of the truck and a dog statue in the front of the truck.

Join me next Saturday for photos of the museum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

Grandpa’s Favorite

6. Share a favorite quote (or group of quotes) that you enjoy and describe what they mean to you.

I’m actually going to share a hymn not a quote.

This summer I had a chance to visit many places.  One of those places was Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York.  It’s been rated as the number one state park.  The park has been described as the Grand Canyon of the East.

We stopped throughout the park so I could admire the views.  Lots of photos were taken during our time during the time we were in the park.

The lyrics from “How Great Thou Art” haunted my mind during our visit to the park. Is though the lyrics were written about Letchworth.

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This was taken at the bottom of the Helena Trail.  So beautiful and peaceful.

“How Great Thou Art” was my grandpa’s favorite hymn so anytime I hear the words I think of him.  He was a father figure of mind who was one of my heroes.  I was fortunately to have him in my life for 28.5 years.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

Mama’s Losin’ It

Hotel Fun and Then Fish – Day 2 Part 1

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Hotel Fun

The boys decided they wanted to form a duck choir while we were in the hotel room.

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The boys wanted to pretend they were T-Rexes. They ran around the room with part of their arm in their shirts.

After all the fun at the hotel, we checked out of the hotel and then went to the Greensboro Science Center. The science center had a ropes course, aquarium, children’s museum, and a zoo.

Aquarium

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At the front of the aquarium is a sign with a flashing sea creature. It went too fast to get a good photo.

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The otters – They had an area where you could climb in and get closer to the otters.

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Penguins

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The science center had a HUGE octopus. He was out while we were there in the morning.

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They had an area where you could pet manta rays. The boys loved being about to touch them.

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Decorations

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They had a submarine that you could climb into so Hubby and the boys had to climb into it.

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They also had a big tank of fish, sharks, and manta rays.

We only did a brief walk through of the aquarium because the boys were going to do the ropes course. They give you a time to do the ropes course. Our time was an hour after we got there.

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The atrium of the science center

We had to walk through the atrium on our way to the zoo because the zoo is where the ropes course is located.

Zoo

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The cockatoo and Macaw

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The Gibbons – They were so much fun to watch.

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The lemurs

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This peacock was walking around. I thought that was cool.

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Random Shots

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More random shots

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Red Panda – The Wee One’s favorite animal. He was one happy child when he got to see it.

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I loved the signs they had for all of the animals.

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Tortoises

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Hubby helping the Wee One get geared up for the ropes course.

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The Imaginative One getting ready for the ropes course.

Join me next Saturday for the boys on the ropes course and more of the zoo.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the gardens.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

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South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

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On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

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Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the buildings.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Morning – Centennial Park Continue reading “Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings”

Our Rainy Drive Home

Photos from our rainy drive home from Kentucky.

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Jammin’ on the Porch

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Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Centennial Park

In the center of Holland, Michigan’s downtown area is Centennial Park. Enjoy my photos of the park.

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Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

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Jammin’ on the Porch

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

After we had a picnic supper in our hotel room, we went to Jammin’ on the Porch.  On Thursday evening, various people gather and play bluegrass or country music.  Everyone gets a chance to play their instrument and sing a song of their choice.  Some played guitars, fiddles, or even washboards.

During the summer, it is actually held on a porch in Old Town.  During the winter months, it is held at a local center.

The musicians gather in a large circle.  They go clockwise one after the other twice.  We only stayed for one round because there was a threat of a bad storm coming.

Out of respect for the musicians, I don’t have any photos of the actual musicians.  Instead I have some photos of the center that it was held in.

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Here is a link for more information about Jammin’ on the Porch.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Statues

Holland, Michigan is known for having interesting statues around downtown. I had the opportunity to take photos of three of those statues.

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Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

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Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

After the college tour, I went to pick up my mom.  We went to the Old Town part of Berea for our lunch.

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Old Town is known for their artistic expression.  It reminds me of Yellow Springs, a town close to where I live.

We ended up at a place called Noodles Nirvana for our lunch.  We loved the Pad Thai there.  Delicious.  I’m glad I looked up restaurants for us to eat at before we left.

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After we left Noodles Nirvana, it was time for dessert.  We went to a Fudge shop in Old Town for our dessert.  We got fudge and some chocolate treats for the Imaginative One.  I got myself some chocolate ice cream.  I forgot to mention that it was 80 degrees on that Thursday.  It was extremely hot for late March.

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We then went to an Amish deli to get our food for supper.  Mom had a lot of fun looking at all the different foods at the deli.

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The Birch beer we got at the deli.  Yum!

Berea College also has a farm store.  We stopped there to get the remainder of our dinner.  I got myself hummus, lettuce, and an apple while there.

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My dinner – Lettuce wraps with hummus, hard salami, and bacon cheddar cheese.

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While we were driving around, we found this statue.  I had to stop and take photos of it.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  That evening we went to Jamming of the Porch.  What’s that?  You’ll find out next week.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Downtown Holland

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos. Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting. We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their […]

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Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

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Berea College Tour

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

 

 

Berea College is a tuition free college.  Each student who is enrolled in the college has to work a certain hours per semester.  Graduates end up having two different transcripts – one for their academia and one for their work.

In 1855, John Fee started the college.  He wanted a college that accepted ALL people – men, women, black, or white.  Soon after the Civil War, his college became a reality.

From the 1860’s until the early 1900’s, the college was not segregated.  Then a law in Kentucky stated that higher education was to be segregated.  All of the black students were sent to Lincoln Academy (I think that’s the name of the place.)

In the early 1950’s, Berea College was once again not segregated.

Currently Berea College has students from 40 states and 60 countries.  36% of the student population is not white.

 

A lot of the college was built by the students – both buildings and furniture.

Enjoy the photos from my tour.

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The hitching post from the early 1900’s.

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This building was used as the woman’s gymnasium in the early 1900’s.

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The President’s House

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Every week on Thursday afternoons, they hold a convocation / church service in this building.  The students are required to attend a certain amount of them during a semester.

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My tour guide – She is a sophomore studying nursing.  She is from California.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Morning Beach Walk 

Today’s Writer’s Workshop is perfect. I have chosen to write about the last time I wore a bathing suit.

We are currently at Folly Beach, South Carolina.

This morning I took a walk on the beach down to the fishing pier and then back to the house via the road so I could look at the houses.

The whole walk was about 2.8 miles. It took me about 90 minutes because I was stopping to take photos.

After the walk, I decided to get into the hot tub before eating breakfast.

When I got into the hot tub, I wore my bathing suit.

Here are some photos of my beach walk.


Mama’s Losin’ It

Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – Beach and Sunset

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos. Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting. We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their […]

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Sunday Night – The Town

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