June Zoo visit
I had thought that with my retirement in April that these travel pages would get smaller because of budgetary retraints. So far that hasn't been the case.
In mid June I found enough time to spend an afternoon at the KC zoo.
The strong early summer was great for saturated color photos.
The welcome sign at the beginning of the big cat area.
Closeup of Hotai
One of the zoo's terra cotta warriors - guarding the red pandas.
Another terra cotta warrior
He seems very nonchalant for being in a cage next to the tigers.
The Australia area includes this white parrot
Right before he hopped away
The baby is trying to run away from home
The pond at the edge of the kangaroo's area
What did you want?
The penguin display was built last year
I don't know the answer to your question, I'll have to look that up
The ears are fanning in the summer heat
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Go East, Old Man, Part 4
In June, we traveled to the east coast to attend Derek's wedding to Amelia in Brooklyn.
On the way, we stopped in Charleston, WV to visit Nura Jo; and Stroudsberg, PA to visit Bob Bickle.
After the wedding, we went in to New England to visit Joan in Providence, RI; Anna Azima and Jim in Boston and Stefanie Nur on the Cape Anne peninsula in MA.
I had not known that western Maryland is mountainous.
Derek and Amelia were married in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge
Jack directs the photo shoot.
Lighthouse and rocky beach on the Cape Anne peninsula.
The creek that ran beside Ravensburg State Park in PA, where we camped on the way back.
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July Zoo Visit
In July, Batina and I went to the zoo together.
Batina communes with the Lemurians
The lemurian is not impressed
Still happy to be here
Time for emergenC
A crane from Africa and a heron from Missouri
Ah, a rocking chair
Reading the escape map
That lock is still the problem
I wonder when my Amazon book will get here, "Picking Locks for Fun and Profit"
You just can't wake lazy teenagers
Batina's favorite bongo
The other bongo
That baleful yellow eye
The bluebird of happiness
The eunuch lion
I am pitiful. Give me a peanut!
Zoo closing nap time
Nap time? Sounds good.
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We left early Wednesday for the State Fair, getting there just a few minutes too late for the knitting competition (Batina could have won!) It was a fun day seeing rabbits, eating beef and pork, buying closeout priced heirloom seeds, listening to bluegrass and seeing champion llamas.
We drove on to Rose Grotjean's home outside of Jamestown MO. We enjoyed her lovely home and wonderful hospitality.
We then went on to St. Louis to enjoy playing with the grandchildren Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
2014 Missouri State Fair
We arrived too late for the knitting contest, but Batina got free tatting lessons.
There were many lovely quilts on display
This late in the fair, it was rabbits rather than chickens. This grey Rex was gorgeous.
An "otter" coated bunny.
I want one of these.
I'd like to find blocks like these to redo our retaining walls.
Maybe we can figure out how to make these.
We took in a couple of bluegrass concerts.
A little after 5 the llamas started gathering for their show.
The hanging sunscreen curtain looks like rock columns in this shot.
There is a person leading them . . .
The costume category
Walking across the stage together.
The butter cows in their shiny glass display case.
Adele was excited to play with gramie. The bouncing up-and-down game lasted ten minutes.
Jack's real first name is Happy.
Both children enjoyed jumping and crawling on the couch.