Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

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Cincinnati Zoo

One of my favorite stops on our trip to Ohio was the Cincinnati Zoo. Nothing compares to the North Carolina Zoo with it’s large, open spaces and natural habitats, but I still enjoy checking out new zoos to see different animals and zoo philosophies.

My favorites at the zoo included the lemurs and red pandas. I once wanted to be a zoologist and study lemurs on Madagascar . . . or the Duke Primate Center, either one. And I remembered reading about red pandas when I was a girl. They’re related to the giant panda, though they look a lot like raccoons. Aren’t they cute? They’re nocturnal so are mostly active at dusk.

Sleepy red panda (All photos by Christopher Brooke. Please do not use without permission.)

Here’s some more zoo residents we met during our visit.

A spectacled bear

Chris remembers feeding the elephants when he was a boy. It doesn’t look like you’re able to feed them now.

But you can feed giraffes.

I think this was the first time I’ve ever seen orangutans in person. So that was a treat. They’re larger than I expected. This one was sleeping.

A zoo keeper had this fella (or gal) out and talked with kids about barn owls.

There were also lots of colorful birds, including these parrots. I need to tell my mom about the lorikeets and the areas where you can feed them. She, as a Quaker parrot and parakeet owner, would have loved that. I’m scared of them, so I didn’t get too close.

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Kimchi quesadilla, new knitting needles

So, I did it. I made kimchi!

I’ve eaten a lot of it already. Here’s my third kimchi quesadilla. It makes a great, light lunch.

I truly recommend trying out the recipe if you have any cabbage you need to cook up.

Unrelated news:

I’m just about finished with the Tanglewood Pullover sweater I’ve been working on forever. According to Ravelry, I’ve started the project Feb. 27. But I haven’t been knitting since then. I put the needles down for a couple of months.

My sweater is going to be all green. I can’t wait to wear it this fall!

All that’s left to finish is the second sleeve, stitching everything together and knitting up the collar.

While in Cincinnati a couple weekends ago, Chris and I stopped at a yarn store suggested by Chris’ aunt — One More Stitch.

I wanted to pick up a size 5 circular knitting needle for the sweater’s collar and I didn’t have one in my knitting supplies.

This store is HUGE and is filled with a lot of beautiful yarn and needles. If you happen to be out that way, stop by and check them out.
The Tanglewood Pullover is found in this book: 

For some Korean fare, check out this cookbook:

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Gallipolis, Ohio

On our trip to Cincinnati a couple weekends ago, our main stop was Gallipolis, Ohio, a small town just over the Ohio River from West Virginia. It’s located off Ohio 7, south of U.S. 35.

The name of the town means “city of the Gauls.” It was founded by 500 French colonists in 1790.

We ate a picnic lunch in the town’s park, which fronts the river. The park was planned many years ago and is the site of where the original colonists camped when they first landed.

At the Visitors’ Center, we talked with a tourism official about the area and learned a little more the town and surrounding area. Nearby is Bob Evans’ Farms, the founder of the restaurant chain Bob Evans. The farm is open for tours and we’d like to go back to check it out one day.

The farm will host a Farm Festival Oct. 8-10, if you’re interested.

We also checked out the Elizabeth Evans Waterfowl and Bird Sanctuary in the town. We were surprised to see that the sanctuary was just a big, mowed field with benches along the perimeter. There was small creek with trees that ran along the far side of the field, but we were hoping to see a pond or wetlands area.

We were also hoping to find a trail to explore the park, but it appeared to only be a field. It seemed to be a nice park to have in town and I’m sure the park’s neighbors enjoy going there for a nice, peaceful afternoon, but it won’t do much for tourists.

Next was Our House Museum, an 1819 tavern located on First Avenue. It was an easy walk from the park.

The director gave us a 2 hour-long tour of the 3-floor (including the attic) home. The museum boasts collections that include General Lafayette’s jacket and mementos from Napoleon Bonaparte to a sweetheart, who married someone else rather than return to Europe to join the exiled French leader.

I really enjoyed looking at the various home furnishings (including hair art), clothing and kitchen utensils (in a kitchen separated from the rest of the house).

If we go back, I’d also like to check out the French Art Colony, a multi-arts center. I like going through galleries, especially if they showcase local and regional artisans. One of my favorites is Tamarack in Beckley, W. Va.

Here’s some other buildings and sights from Gallipolis:

Downtown shopping district. The park is right behind the photographer (Chris).

Another section of the small, downtown shopping district.

While Our House Tavern was for men and women, this tavern (across the street from Our House) was strictly for men.

This building, across the street from the park, is pretty large and beautiful. It’s located by the river. Wouldn’t you like to live in it?

If you’re interested in learning about more things to do in Gallipolis, visit this site. It includes hiking trails, shopping and lodging.
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Short road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio

In a day or two we’re heading out to Cincinnati, Ohio, for Chris’ aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary.

Instead of taking I-77 to I-64 to I-75, Chris said we’re going to take a different route this time. He wants to take I-77 to Ohio 32 or U.S. 35. I can’t remember which.

I also think it would be neat to take U.S. 52 all the way to Cincy.

Chris wants to stop in a couple of places on our way to the big city. He asked me to pick some locations I’d be interested in. He’s selected Gallipolis, Ohio, which is on the Ohio/West Virginia border.

Got any quick suggestions?
Ha! I wondered if Amazon would pull up maps. And it did. 🙂