Cincinnati in a Day

Sam and I got up early yesterday and drove the almost four hours to Cincinnati.  It was a cloudy 65 degrees (later in the day…. It was colder earlier).

We first hit up the zoo (I love zoos).

Sam jumped into an eagle’s nest.  

Saw extremely active Red Pandas.

And sent weird time stamped pictures to my family.

We got lunch at a place called Currito.  I got a really good chicken teriyaki buritto. We walked around Calhoun Street for a bit drinking some coffee before heading down to Smale Riverside Park.

We walked the park, hit up some swings and enjoyed the downtown riverside area.  It’s kind neat to say the other side of the river is Kentucky.  

Kentucky is right there!

Swinging lifestyle (not that swinging lifestyle). 

This is one of like 900 pictures I forced Sam to take with me.

We drove Northwest a bit and hit up Shake it Records. The produce and sell lp’s for our favorite band Wussy. We picked up two records, Funeral Dress II and a weird Carl Sagan record.  

We didn’t have any other plans after that so we drove back north some and stopped to watch John Wick Chapter 2, because John Wick was an amazing movie. It did not disappoint.

We drove about an hour north bank towards Cleveland before deciding we just wanted to get a hotel and crash for the night.

Which was great because I got to wake up to this video from my nieces.

Which is quite possible the best way to end a trip and start my birthday.

Not Saying

I’m not saying I have nothing to write about, but rather I’ve been pretty busy lately.  And when I have had stuff come to mind I haven’t had my computer nearby or had the time to tap it out on my phone.

But in general life goes well.  The big July 4th yesterday (which was rather a calm day).  It sort of brought my whole “I’m not a big holiday person” persona to the front.  I don’t get it.  I just don’t really care for holidays.  But that’s just me.  And the Fourth of July usually trends towards my not liking big crowds of people (I always say it brings out my hatred of people in general, but hatred is the wrong word.  It brings out how annoying people can be in a large crowd setting.)

But Sam and I walked around Edgewater late at night and saw some fireworks while we weaved in and out of slow walking lines of people.  And Sunday we finally used our zoo membership and visited the zoo.  Which I can honestly say, I enjoy the zoo a whole lot more as an adult than I think I ever possible did as a kid.  Sam and I joked about the rarity of people our age going to the zoo unless the have kids.  It seems crazy, but I love the zoo.  I’ve gone by myself before.  I love just being close to animals.  The Giant Tortoises, they’re my favorite.

Even if all they do is lay in the mud and look dead.