Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cincinnati Zoo

I love the zoo! So while we were in Cincinnati on Saturday we visited the zoo. I had read a lot of good things about it and we weren't disappointed. We saw lots of cool animals and had a great time listening to trainers talk about different animals. We watched while the trainers worked with this rhino.

We saw some really cute lemurs.

There were some really big apes.

Rory really liked the tunnel of mist. :) It was pretty crazy. You can't see through to the other side so I was always afraid I was going to run in to someone. A lot of little kids were pretty scared to go through. :) If you look carefully you can see Rory coming out of the mist in the picture.

They had the cutest little penguins I've ever seen. They were just living in a little pond area outside.

It was hilarious to watch them try and swim around. I'm pretty sure these are babies or young penguins. They would pretty much shake their whole body as they moved around in the water. It was really funny to watch.

We watched a cheetah show. It was really cool. They had the cheetahs run through the cage. It was pretty amazing how fast they went. We tried to get a moving picture, but there was no way to take it with the cheetah moving that fast. They are pretty amazing animals.

I can't remember what kind of cat this was. But it jumps super high. Rory got an awesome picture of it jumping up to hit the ball.

I think this is the first zoo I've ever seen manatees in. Usually they're just in aquariums. In the picture below there is a baby manatee and the mom is nudging it to move. :) There were divers in the tank doing some cleaning, that's why you see the hoses.

This peacock was just wandering around. Rory and I were taking a little break and sitting at a table and it walked right up to us because there were some cracker crumbs on the floor. I didn't zoom in at all for this picture. It was super close to us.

We watched the trainers feed the polar bears. That was kind of fun. I wish I had gotten a picture of the one who kept standing on his back legs to get the fish.

We had a great time at the zoo. Both of us were exhausted by the time we were done. We did a lot of walking and it was pretty hot and humid. But the zoo was amazing and well worth it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Josh Groban

Last weekend Rory and I went to Cincinnati for the Josh Groban concert. We drove up Friday after Rory got off work. It was about 2 hours to our hotel. Then from the hotel to the concert should have been about 15 or 20 minutes, but it took much longer. The arena our concert was at is located on the waterfront right next to the Reds baseball stadium. Lucky for us there was a Reds game that night. So we got within a mile of the stadium and then we stopped moving. We finally got out of the traffic jam and then trying to find parking was a nightmare. Finally we found something and then rushed to the concert. We made it just before 8 when it was supposed to start.

Elew the rock/jazz pianist opened the concert. He was on American's Got Talent. He's really good and I enjoyed listening to him play the piano. He played for half an hour and then we waited another half an hour and then Josh Groban came out.

He started his performance on a little stage in the middle of the arena. It was cool because he was pretty much right in front of us!

He did a couple songs in the middle and then moved up to the big stage. I tried to take a picture of it, but it didn't come out really well.

The backdrop was pretty cool and they put different images and things on it for the different songs. He sang some of his new songs and some of his classics.

About half way through the concert Groban came back to the middle stage. He did a couple more songs there.

Josh Groban talked to the audience a lot and a lot of it was pretty funny. He did a good job entertaining even when he wasn't singing. At the end of the concert when he was doing his encore the baseball game started shooting off fireworks. They were really loud. He made some jokes about it and then finally just had to sit and wait while they had the firework finale because it was constant loud booms. It was pretty crazy but kind of funny too. The concert was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Last weekend Rory and I decided to take a trip down to Nashville, Tennessee. Rory had a half day at work on Friday so we took off on our trip around 12:30. It is a little less than 3 hours away so it was a quick drive down. We got there in the early afternoon and we headed over to the Gaylord Opryland Resort. It was one of the coolest resorts I've ever seen. Everything is inside, but there are these amazing gardens and waterfalls all over.

They also had little shops and places to eat. We found these outside one of the shops. :)

After we walked around for a while we went over to the Grand Ole Opry. We were too late for tours so we just went to their gift shop.

For dinner that night we tried out Bar-B-Cutie. It was kind of like a fast food BBQ place. It was actually pretty good. From there we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed the hot tub for a bit and then played a game and called it a night.

Saturday morning we went downtown to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It's in a pretty cool building. You can see it in the building before.

We saw some great old country performing costumes.

We also saw this car. There were guns all over built into it. It was pretty sweet.

The car below used to belong to Elvis. You can kind of see all the different compartments in the picture below. He had his own little fridge and all sorts of things. It was pretty cool.

There were a few huge walls in the museum covered with these records. They showed all the albums that went platinum or gold.

After the museum we went back to the hotel to rest during the heat of the day. It was pretty hot. Later we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. We had fajitas that were delicious.

After dinner we walked down Broadway St. where there are a lot of shops and bars. We stopped in at one of the touristy shops just for fun.

I guess this is a famous record shop. At least the sign was cool. :)

Sunday morning we went to church and then headed over to the Parthenon. I was excited to visit the Parthenon. I was just in Greece, but the Parthenon there is falling apart. This is an exact replica of how it used to be. Plus it's in the Percy Jackson movie so I thought it would be fun to see. :)

This is the statue of Athena inside the Parthenon. It was pretty big. It's completely covered in gold flakes.

After the Parthenon we headed home. We had a great weekend in Nashville!