Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Snow at the N.C. Zoo

While in N.C. celebrating Christmas with my family, Chris and I headed to the N.C. Zoo for a few hours last Saturday.

While we were there, it started snowing!

Snow at the grizzly exhibit.
The grizzly was asleep earlier when we saw him. We woke up to check out the snow, I guess.

Here’s the grizzly sleeping earlier in the morning.

Instead of taking the tram back to the parking lot, we chose to walk, stopping at some of the North American exhibits.

Here’s some more photos from the trip:

I’ve never seen this snow fox up walking around before. I guess he was happy to see the snow.

Sleepy bobcat.

Bison.

An elk in the pasture with the bison.

Red wolves.

This hummingbird flew up to the fence and chirped at me several times. I don’t know if he was happy or mad to see me.

The coati (pictured) and cacomistle were up and active.

Some orchids in the Aviary.

More flora in the Aviary.

Eclectus parrot in the Aviary.

More flowers in the Aviary.

Victoria crowned pigeon.

Gorillas in the Forest Glade exhibit.
A close up of the gorilla.

I thought there were new Australian exhibits, but I guess, like the red kangaroos, those were only temporary. So those have come and gone before I got a chance to see them. 😦

The lemurs were also not out. I guess, like the elephants, giraffes and rhinos, it was too cold for them. Maybe next time.


Activities in Asheboro, N.C.

Normally I post activities in my own area of Southwest Virginia, but thought I’d share some upcoming activities in my hometown, Asheboro, N.C.

While visiting The Courier-Tribune’s website for some news updates, I found a list of June activities. Here’s the article. The cemetery tour of the Old Asheboro Cemetery on June 5 will feature World War I and II  and Korean veterans in recognition of D-Day (June 6). An interesting idea. (Note: Chris’ niece, Roxanne, will celebrate a birthday June 6.)

Star, a town in Montgomery County (south of Asheboro and Randolph County), will celebrate its heritage on June 5. Here’s the article about the festivities.

PawPaw is fond of saying, “I was born on Little River,” which is a small river that runs through Montgomery County. PawPaw attended Star Elementary and grew up in the Black Ankle community, where his family holds a reunion every summer. I wish I could go to the event, but I have to work that day.

Also, another fun fact, an article in the Monday’s paper about Johnny Miller caught my eye. I pointed to his picture and asked Nannie who he was. “He looks familiar,” I said. Nannie didn’t know him. Then I had an ah-ha moment. Miller was one of my regulars when I was a waitress (among other duties) at Back Creek Seafood many years ago. It was nice to see a familiar face in the paper. 🙂