It turned out to be a beautiful day and we experienced some animals that we don't always see at our local zoo. Gavin made friends with a goat, and we learned that emu's make a very strange noise that sounds closely to water running in pipes. It took us forever to figure out where the noise was coming from, and soon found that everytime we approached the emu's we heard the sound.
We had much enjoyment watching the seal lions and the boys had fun climbing on the jungle gym and tracking the animal prints along the trails.
We had all heard this strange yelling noise only to find it was a peacock (pea fowl) and I got some pictures up close. We tried everything to get that guy to open his wings and fly like a peacock (mark Walberg), but he just kept strutting around and making that screech sound.
We saw more animals and enjoyed the trail through the woods first stopping at the lions, there were two cubs and they we cute! We all continued into the woods and kept the what made this print game until we rounded the bend and viewed the ostrich that had made up laugh as we had pulled into the parking lot. We ended the zoo with a view of the monkey's and Gavin took one last trip to say goodbye to "his" goat. It actually had been an enjoyable time. Tisk tisk to those who told me to expect to be disappointed.
Following the lion prints to the lion cages.
The boys playing the who left this print.
We all really had a great time at the Utica Zoo, but by now we were ready for some lunch, and something a little different. I had suggested a picnic lunch, but was overruled so we hit up a Denny's in Rome NY, just across the street from The next stop on our day trip. Fort Stanwix.
I enjoyed a burger and fries. This burger had everything ready for a heart attack. Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and finally the burger. It was yummy! We thought about ordering the bacon brownie. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Infact there were three deserts that included bacon. I took a picture of the menu.
Talk about bacon overload. There was bacon on all four plates for this meal.
My heart attack on a plate. (bacon)
bacon. My hubby had the same burger I had...with bacon. We decided against the bacon deserts.
After lunch we headed across the street to the National Park Fort Stanwix. I wish I could be a better historian, but the kids blew by the information section of the welcoming center and we headed right to the fort. I got some great pictures however and I will try to tell what I do know.
What I do know was we were preparing to fight the war against the British and there was a lot of trading with the Natives. There were several historical characters walking about the fort, but the only one who presented us with information only talked about the trading post and how one traveled to get to Fort Stanwix. There did not appear to be any lakes nearby, so I had asked. Apparently there is or at least was rivers/lakes etc. It was one of those, so sorry I asked types of questions because I REALLY just wasn't that interested, and he told me more then I needed to know. The for itself is actually pretty neat. It has every room outfitted with appropriate décor along with a brief reading on what each room was for. We took our own walking tour through the fort and examined artifacts from the past. Once again I am still at a loss on if this fort was ever attacked whom exactly we were protecting ourselves from and what was really going on at the time. Perhaps I should do a little research, but I am pressed for time this morning. Highlight of the fort was the firing of the cannon. We stayed around twice to see this in action and it was totally cool. The boys loved it. Preparation and BANG!!!!!!
The boys checking out the guns. Or are they called riffles or bayonets?
Love this one!!! Looking all serious in a coat. The playing silly as a rocker!!
These cuties were with their mother and portraying colonial children. They were all over the fort and seemed to be having a good time.
" First they crossed the Hudson and then the blah blah blag river into the five mile hike to the blah blah blah" I had stopped listening at some point.
This free park was filled with curiosity and the boys enjoyed locking each other up in the tiny windowed buildings that resembled outhouses, crawling in dark narrow halls under ground and climbing on the forts well developed to protect landscape.
They had to prepare the cannon first and clear the area.
Preparing for a cannon blast! This took quite a bit of time and they needed to wait at least ten minutes before their next demonstration.
this little guy was so cute. he was filling the rain buckets with rocks. He played there for several minutes.
We all enjoyed the time spent at Fort Stanwix. The boys really had fun, and although I was not given a history lesson. I enjoyed what we did learn and thought it was cool to look at the items and rooms. It was definitely a day well spent. Funny because my youngest was so against going anywhere or doing anything yesterday morning. I think he enjoyed the day more then the rest of us. He already asked when we can return to the zoo to visit his goat. I don't know what or why he has identified this connection. It might be a long time or ever if we return, but I'm not telling him that. New adventures next time.
After such a wonderful trip taking day, one would think I had had enough, which I actually did and was ready to crawl into my bed and conk out, but I had planned a date night with Tami to attend the Clean Slate Diaries. An evening of empowerment for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. This FREE event was offered to the community to hear and see voices speaking out about DV and SA. The first hour was open to vendors and art work. After that were presentations. Tami and I enjoyed asking questions of the local vendors and scoring free pens, bags and I got a great pin that I can use for my new business. The performances we entertaining, and we both enjoyed this. The one victim story we listened to brought tears to my eyes and I truly was inspired by the dance that encouraged people to speak out. Although we did not stay for the whole performance it was an entertaining evening that provoked thought and consideration. I enjoyed seeing people I knew and thinking about what my next step will be as references made me think about possibilities in the future for referrals and employment.
Renee Devisty was the originator of the Clean Slate Diaries. She shared her stories and gratitude for the annual clean slate event which has gotten larger each year.
We shared our thoughts as it definitely provokes thoughts before we pulled into my drive. Her daughter was happy to go home. Boys can be SO boring. Mark and I watched D'dango Unchained and I loved that too. WOW what a FULL FULL FULL day.