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Lansing , Michigan – Part 2 – R.E. Oldsmobile Museum

After we were finished walking around the Capitol Building’s grounds, we went to the R.E. Oldsmobile Museum. The Oldsmobile automobile was started in Lansing which I thought was neat.

Did you know the band R.E.O. Speedwagon was named after the Oldsmobile company? I can’t remember the exact story of why they chose the name. However, that tidbit of information was interesting to me.

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Columbus Zoo – October 20, 2018 – Part 5

Part 4

After we finished at the educational building, we went to North America and then the Heart of Africa.  We were fortunate the Heart of Africa was open because they are only open in the fall, winter, and spring during better weather.

The brown bear was up and about pacing around his exhibit.  Since he was on the move, I was unable to get a clear photo of him/her.

We saw very little of North America since we headed to the Heart of Africa and then onto the shuttle back to the front of the zoo.

The decorations between the Polar area of North America and Heart of Africa.

There were so many animals out in Heart of Africa.  The lions, warthogs, cheetahs, and giraffes were all out and about which was cool.

Hubby offered to pay for me to feed the giraffes so I did that which was neat.

Here are some photos of the other animals in the Heart of Africa.

The beautiful foliage and one of the signs in the Heart of Africa.

After we got done with the Heart of Africa, we went to get the shuttle back to the front of the zoo.  Instead of the typical shuttle, they had a hay ride.  One of the men on the hay ride was loud and very talkative.  We were entertained during out ride back to the front.

I hope you enjoyed the photos from when we visited the Columbus Zoo in October.  The boys and I went back to the zoo on November 23rd to see the Wildlights.  I have that on my list to share with you.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Columbus Zoo – October 20, 2018 – Part 4

Part 3

After we finished with the Islands and Australia, we went to the aquarium.  Since it was Boo at the Zoo, they had skeleton divers which was neat to see.   It was very crowded in the aquarium since everyone wanted to see the diver.

After we left the aquarium, we hopped over to manatee bay.  

I love the reflection of me in the door of the aquarium.  Sometimes you have to be creative to get photos of yourself.  Hubby was playing Pokemon Go through out the zoo so that was what he was doing in the photo.

They are redoing the Sting Ray Bay area of the zoo.  Next summer they should have sea lions in that area.  So right now all of the sting rays are in quarantine in the back of the Manatee Coast exhibit.  The ones they have on exhibit are typically located there.  I love their smiling faces.

After we got done with the aquarium and manatees, we went back to the education center to look at the sloth.  This time they had a scarlet parrot and armadillo.  So cool.

We enjoyed seeing the sloth.

Join me next time for Africa and me feeding a giraffe.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Columbus Zoo – October 20, 2018 – Part 2

Columbus Zoo – October 20, 2018 – Part 1

After we finished with watching the penguins, we first went to the food court by the Congo area of the zoo.  Since nothing was open yet, we decided to first visit the Congo area and then eat lunch.

The black and white colobuses.  I love them.

The cranes

The leopard – He was so active which was cool to see.  We don’t always get to see him be so active.

The gorillas – We got to talk to a volunteer who was watching the adult interactions.  

The river hogs

The bonobos

The mandrill playing with a pumpkin.

The fall foliage and one of the decorations in the area.

The okapi – We typically don’t get to see him/ her up close.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Columbus Zoo – October 20, 2018 – Part 1

Join me for a five part series about our visit to the Columbus Zoo on October 20.

The boys were gone for the weekend back packing in Kentucky so I decided to visit my favorite zoo.  The weather was perfect that weekend.  The animals were out and about which always makes the visit to the zoo even better.  It was Boo at the Zoo so a lot of kids were dressed up for Halloween.

I got a lot of great photos while we were there.  I hope you enjoy them.

The Columbus Zoo is located near Dublin, Ohio.  There is a lot of construction going on in Dublin.  I loved the flag on the crane as we were driving through the town.

Some of the decorations around the zoo

Since it was Boo at the Zoo, they had characters at the front of the zoo.  Even though I never went over to the characters, I made sure to take photos of the characters in between the costumed children.

The first exhibit we went to was the flamingos.  We got to talk to of the volunteers while we were watching the flamingos.

As always, click on the photos for a zoomed in photo.

Then we went to see the penguins. They were so active which was so cool.  One of them kept swimming fast through the water and jumping out because they were that fast.  So neat!  Hubby was so delighted.

Join me next time for the photos from the Congo area of the Columbus Zoo.

Have a magical day,
Traci

The Clock Tower Inn – Berne, Indiana

Swiss Heritage Center – Part 4

We stayed at the Clock Tower Inn while in Berne.  I loved the Amish furniture so I took a lot of photos of that Amish furniture.  I hope you enjoy the photos of the furniture.

If you want to see a zoomed in version of each of these photo collages, please click on each collage.

I loved that rocking chair.  So beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed our quick trip to see Fort Wayne and Berne, Indiana.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Swiss Heritage Center – Berne, Indiana – Part 4

Swiss Heritage Center – Part 3

Random shots of grounds – I wish it wasn’t raining and cold so we could walk around more.

More photos of the grounds – I love the fall colors.

The restrooms in the inside portion of the Heritage Center.

Some of the displays in the museum – I love the Swiss chalet doll house  

The coolest item in the museum was the display about the guy who won the Nobel Peace Prize in chemistry in I think in 2005.  So interesting.

More of the displays in the museum.

I hope you enjoyed the photos from the Swiss Heritage Center.  If you have time to visit, I would highly encourage it.

The address to the Swiss Heritage Center is 1200 Swissway Rd, Berne, IN 46711.

Join me next time for photos of the Inn we stayed in while in Berne.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Swiss Heritage Center – Berne, Indiana – Part 3

Swiss Heritage Center – Part 2

After we finished watching the glockenspiel at the Clock tower, we first visited a tiny bit of the inside museum while waiting for the other couple to return.  (I’ll share photos from the inside museum in a different blog post.)

First we visited the Baumgartner Church which was the first Mennonite Church in Berne, Indiana.  It was started in 1839 by Reverend David Baumgartner.  He was originally from Bern, Switzerland.  He was 73 when he began the church. 

Since there is no Bibles in Swiss, the Bible is a German Bible. They hold a Christmas service in both English and German.  So neat!


A very plain pulpit
The ladies sat on one side of the church while the men sat on the other side.  

Beautiful fall foliage


The photograph is the first couple who were married at the church.


The German Bible
The yellow piece of paper in the top left photo is the bulletin for the Christmas service.

After we finished with the church, we went to the doctor’s office.  When the doctor whose office we were visiting died, over 2,000 mourners came to his funeral.  That was a lot of mourners especially since there were less than 2,000 people in the town.

I’ve got one more blog post about the Swiss Heritage Center and then I’ll have one with photos from our hotel.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Swiss Heritage Center – Berne, Indiana – Part 2

Swiss Heritage Center – Part 1

After we finished with the Luginbill House, we went over to the Cheese House.  We learned how they made the Amish cheese which was interesting.  Did you know they have to boil the milk in a copper pot and check the constancy later with a silver spoon?  It’s interesting how they knew how the metals interacted with the different steps of the cheese making process.

Next we went over to the Apple Cider Press. When it was in operation, it was the biggest apple cider press in the United States.  It was not original to the Berne area but was moved to the Heritage Center from a place within 40 miles away.

The press barn was rather dark so I apologize for the quality of some of the photos.

F. William Hauenstein built this press during the Civil War.  The pressing beam was oak that at time was about 300 years old so it was already growing when Christopher Columbus arrived in the West Indies.

More info about the press

After visiting the Cider Press, we left the Heritage Center to go watch the glockenspiel at the clock tower.  Then we came back to enjoy the rest of the tour with Char.

Join me next time when we’ll visit the church and doctor’s office at the Swiss Heritage Center.

Have a magical day,
Traci