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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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Lansing, Michigan – Riverwalk and Downtown -Part 3

While we were in the museum, it rained. The rain had stopped by the time we got out of the museum so we walked along their riverwalk which was cool.

The Dayton Dragons, our minor league baseball team, play the Lansing Lugnuts so we stopped at the exterior of their stadium. There were a couple of cool statues that I enjoyed photographing.

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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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Lansing, Michigan – Part 1

Over Labor Day weekend, I was supposed to meet my friend up in Erie, PA. When that got cancelled because so many bad juju events were occurring in her life at that moment, Hubby decided I still needed to go away.

He told me to find a state within driving distance that we had not visited a zoo in. Well, the only two places were Tennessee and Michigan. After I chose Michigan, I then had to Google zoos in Michigan. I found the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Hubby wanted to go to Grand Rapids. Later, we were glad we had not gone there.

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If I Could Go Any Where for the Holidays

If I had all of the money in the world, I would love to go down to Walt Disney World for Christmas.

I would not want to visit on Christmas Day because it would be way too busy but I would love to visit at some point in December.

Why would I want to go to Disney during the busy holiday season?

Two years ago, I got to see the decorations at some of the different resorts throughout Walt Disney World.  I loved seeing them.  I also got to see some of the holiday decorations outside of each of the parks.  (We didn’t go into any of the parks.)  I would love to see the decorations inside each of the park.  And photograph them.

Also I haven’t been to any of the Christmas parties in Disney.  When we were there 2 years ago, I hoped they would have one but there was none scheduled.  Bummer!

The last time I celebrated Christmas was during my College Program in 1995.  I worked on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and maybe even New Year’s Day.  I had a visitor during Christmas week and even though we spent time in the park we could not get to Magic Kingdom because it was so busy.  The line for the monorail was all of the way to the entrance.  It would have taken an hour or so to even get on the monorail.

Those are some of the reasons I would love to spend time down in Disney.  The other reason is because honestly December is a hard month for me.  In the last fifteen years, I’ve lost close family members during December – my grandpa in 2003, my grandma in 2008, my father-in-law in 2013, and my father-in-law’s aunt in 2014.  (My grandma’s death was on Christmas Eve.)  

WDW is my happy place.  I’m like a child in a candy store while I’m there.  I put aside all of my worries while I am down there.  In fact, one of the reason I was down there in 2016 was because it was almost 3 months after my sister’s death.  We had planned for a trip to Universal Studios prior to her death.  A month after her death, I was seeing if there was a restaurant reservation available on Thanksgiving.  I luckily found one and a hotel stay for two nights on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  While we were down there, she visited me on Thanksgiving.  (Butterfly)

I would love to just go down there and forget my worries.  

Last year, I shared our local holiday display of Clifton Mill.  They were featured on a national tv show and granted money towards continuing the 30 years of light displays.  

Have a magical day,
Traci

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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

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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

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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

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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