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A Day At The Atlanta Zoo

During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Atlanta Zoo.  The zoo is not out in some rural area as is the North Carolina Zoological Park, but instead is just out side of downtown.  When we pulled up to the zoo, it reminded me of a public park and parking lots were small.  Once through the gates and reviewing the map of the zoo we confirmed what we suspected that this zoo is a much smaller zoo then ours in NC.  Not that it has less animals, but is condensed into a smaller area.  The NC zoo may take you most the day to go from one end to the other, but here you could go back and forth in a crisscross pattern through out the day if needed.


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Even though it has a smaller zoo area, it has a lot packed into it as the map above shows.  Some highlights for us included the Gorilla’s, Panda Bears, Elephants and the Kookaburra bird.  They are known for their Panda Bear exhibit, and they did have one, but it small, but it was still cool to see Panda bears.  The Gorilla’s on the other hand had a huge exhibit and there must have been close to 22 gorillas.  We got to watch the Gorillas get fed and ask questions of the zoo employee that was doing the feeding.  We also enjoyed a talk with the zoo personnel at the Kookaburra bird exhibit while they fed the bird crickets.


Unfortunately I think we were there a bit early in the season because there didn’t seem to be much zoo staff and some food stands were still closed.  Below is a small selection of pictures taken at the zoo.  You can watch the slide show or view selected pictures one at a time below the slide show.





A Day At The Georgia Aquarium

During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Georgia Aquarium.  It is quite a nice aquarium for being squeezed into a small downtown Atlanta area.  See the map below.


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Here is a map of the aquarium, click on the image for a larger view.




Highlights included a huge tank with fish, sharks, rays, etc…, with LARGE viewing areas… like 30ft by 50ft viewing windows and a tunnel.  Touch tanks to feel sea urchins, sand sharks and sting rays… you can even get a chance to feed the sting rays.  The Beluga whales were fun to watch.   It was a fun day of viewing and learning.

Here are just a few of the many pictures I took that day in a slide show.





Amber – Almost settled in

This will be Amber’s 4th night.  Last night was better then the 2nd night of wining and yelping for 6 hours or so.  Last night she woke up twice, let her out side and then back in the crate.  She didn’t want to, but it only took about 30 minutes each of crying.

She is a bit more playful, though she still sleeps a lot.  Cousins Colten and Kala came over to see Amber today.  Here are a few photos of her playing.

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Amber – Night and Day

DSC_1731Amber was a bit different today.   Spending a full day at our house.  Only one mistake today because I didn’t get her out of the house in time.  She was a bit more lively.  While Kim did dishes in the kitchen, Amber just sat on the floor and watched.  Romped and played in the family room with a big thick rope to chew on.  Still a bit sedated though and slept a lot.  She likes to curl

Amber took it easy on us last night.  She didn’t make a sound after putting her in her cage.  She didn’t make a sound all night or when I came down in the morning to let her out.  Well tonight it a different story.  After letting her out for potty the last time for the night and putting her in her crate, she proceeded to yelp, cry, wine, and otherwise fuss for… oh… half an hour now.

We did what we probably shouldn’t have… went down and tried to calm her town, let her out to potty again, only ran around.  Sat with her till she calmed down again, and put her in her crate for the night.  She still doesn't like it, wonder how long this will last.  I will be up for a while catching up with work… maybe I will update the post.

Amber, our new family member.

The papers have been signed, the money has been exchanged, delivery has been made and the Adoption is final.

Introducing Amber.  Amber is a 10 week old Labradoodle (Labrador and poodle mix).  I never thought I/we would get a dog.  Personally I never liked the mess that comes along with dogs… the shedding, chewed up stuff, the spotty yard and always having to let the dog out and pick up after it… to name a few.  Oh… and I am allergic to dog and cat dander.

Amber is different.  Being a Labrador mixed with a poodle, she has the hypoallergenic hair of the poodle, with out being just a poodle.  We have read may good things about this mix breed and decided to get one.  Ok, enough is enough… lets get on with some pictures.

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Snow Tubing in PA

On the weekend before Christmas, we planed to take a drive up to PA to visit family. And would you know it, on the day we were to leave we were supposed to get a snow storm here in NC that would move up the east coast towards PA. Fortunately it was to hit here in NC early enough that it concerned all the schools and they had early dismissal before even a flake had fallen.


With the early closings we were able to get out of NC before the storm hit and let it chase us all the way to PA.  There was a bit of a white-out that we hit in Virginia that limited visibility to about a quarter mile, but luckily that only lasted about 25 to 20 min.  Well we made it to PA just fine late Friday evening, and snow was to arrive over night….. well…. I woke early, 7-ish and looked out side… but not a flake of snow on the ground.   Well, clearly I was disappointed. 


It wasn’t till late Saturday afternoon that snow began to fall in Allentown.  Sunday we ended up with about 6 inches.  This was great, because my kids have never seen more then the measly 1 to 2 inches we typically get in the Triad.  We had a blast playing and snow tubing in the fluffy white stuff for several hours on Sunday and Monday.  Below are just a few of the many pictures we took on Sunday.  You can view the slide show or hand pick a few pictures to view from the thumbnail images below the slide show.







Hope you enjoyed the story and the pictures… I know we enjoyed the snow.

GSO Academy 6th grade retreat

Recently I chaperoned a 6th grade retreat to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC.  This was a get to know your class mates and team building retreat.  The center is quite nice and the staff was very pleasant and help full.  It was a wonderful weekend, Nov, 5th and the color in the trees was just beautiful.


Collin and the rest of his class had a great time.  The center has has both low ropes and high ropes course which were both fun and challenging students.  Below are few pictures, those with Collin or I in them.  If you want to see the rest, you can find them at the class photo site here


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