Hubby, photographs, travel

Random Photos from Berne, Indiana

Before I begin with this blog post, I should tell you they’ve changed how we write blog posts.  It’s going to be interesting writing this blog post today.

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Hubby geocaches.  One of his geocaches was located at their war memorial so we headed there first.

After we finished at  the war memorial, we headed to the local coffee shop.  We loved all of the different signs in the coffee shop.

We briefly walked around the town. I tried to get photos of the town but Hubby decided it was too cold and windy to enjoy the walk.
I especially loved the Dollar General and it’s Swiss exterior.

When we were leaving town, we tried to find Amish cheese which we never found.  😦
We ended up on a road that was unpaved but very well taken care of.



Okay that wasn’t so bad.  I got through this new way of blogging on WordPress.

Join me next time when we’ll either explore the Swiss Heritage Center or check out where we spent the night. 

Have a magical day,
Traci

Hubby, photograph, travel

Berne Clock Tower – Berne, Indiana

Johnny Appleseed’s Grave Site

Forty-five minutes south of Fort Wayne is a little Amish town called Berne.  The founders immigrated from Switzerland by way of Ohio.  A lot of the architecture reminds me of what I think of when I’ve seen Swiss architecture.  I felt as though I was in another world when I was walking through the town.

It’s also an Amish town.  I had to remind Hubby to watch out for the Amish buggies.  I didn’t want to be on the news because we hit a buggy.

The reason for our visit was the clock tower.  The clock tower is designed after the Zytglogge in Bern, Switzerland.  Every noon, 3, 6, and 9, there is a glockenspiel when the clock comes alive.  There are 13 different symbolic representations during the 5ish minutes.  I took a video but since it was raining I was far away so you really can’t see the individual characters.  😦

These were taken Friday at almost 7 p.m.  You can see it was raining.  Plus it was cold!  Hubby wanted to come back for the 9 o’clock glockenspiel.  I’m was like no way!

The next day we went to the Swiss Heritage Center.  They allowed us to pause the tour until we saw the glockenspiel.  Then we went back and continued the tour.

These are photos I took during the glockenspiel.  I was underneath a shelter so they are not close up shots.  You could certainly click on a photo and enlarge it if you want to see the actual characters.

Some of the views from the plaza.  That is an Amish horse.  The buggy is behind the bush.

I hope you enjoyed visiting the clock tower.  I don’t know if next time if I’m going to share random photos of the town or the Swiss Heritage Center.  Maybe I’ll share the Amish furniture in the hotel we stayed at.  Who knows.

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Johnny Appleseed’s Grave Site – Fort Wayne, Indiana

Visiting the Art Museum

When researching ideas of what to do in Fort Wayne, I discovered John Chapman; aka Johnny Appleseed had lived there.  We decided to try to find the grave site.

Close to the grave site is the Johnny Appleseed Campgrounds.  That is where we ended up at first.  We weren’t far from the actual grave site.

It was still raining when we were at the grave site so I got some photos.  Honestly, there is not much around there except if you go into the area where the campground is located.  There is a river which would have been pretty to photograph if it was not raining.

There was two other graves located there.  I also took photos of those graves.

After we got done at the grave, we went to get supper.  We were going to drive to a pizza joint that was 20 minutes away.  However while stopped in traffic at a light, I saw a Blaze Pizza restaurant.  Hubby quickly turned into the parking lot.

Boy were we glad that we changed our minds about where we were going to eat.  The food was delicious.  We both were able to get our own customized pizzas.  His was a meat lover pizza while mine was a veggie pizza.

They had an awesome deal where you got half of a pizza with either a salad or garlic knots.  I got the deal with the salad while Hubby got the garlic knots.  The half of a pizza was perfect since were traveling.

Afterwards we traveled to Amish country – Bern, Indiana.  It is also a city based on the culture of the Swiss.  Join me next time for more of our adventure.  I can’t wait until you meet Char.  She took us around the Swiss Heritage Center in Bern.  Such a great storyteller which is a lost art.

Have a magical day,
Traci

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

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