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Luck Bird.

I know I haven't been around much lately, and I had plans to post a big wrap-up of places I've been, things I've been doing, and play catchup, but I find the months trickling by and myself not having the time to do so. So, instead, have a random mini-post. :)

Meet Vegas, the newest addition to our flock. I had no plans to add another bird to the family, but Vegas is a special case. I worked with her for many years and when it came up that she needed a home, it was a no-brainer. She's disabled (she was attacked by her parents in the nest and requires some special care/caging) and is an absolute sweetheart. She has a wide vocabulary and wonderful personality. :) She's already settling in amazingly well.

I've been keeping extremely busy lately - traveling a lot for shows and getting ready for two big ones coming up later this month. I've got lots of new art to post soon!

I just got back from a trip out to Lexington, Kentucky. On the way we had deep dish pizza in Chicago (a must when driving through) at Lou Malnati's - I do think Gino's East is better but I'm glad we tried it. :)

Mbala and I got the chance to camp and hike at Hoosier National Forest on our way - an absolutely gorgeous place. We went climbing on the Hemlock Cliffs trail which had beautiful grotto rocks, overhang caves, and waterfalls. Mbala took some really nice photos, I'll link to those when he posts them.
In Kentucky we had amazing southern style fried chicken and cooking and were hosted by some wonderful friends in the area. Got to check out an awesome animal cognition laboratory at the University and visit the famous Kentucky State Horse Park (and hang out with Peachcat who came down from Cincinnati to visit). I wish we could have stayed longer! They had a Gypsy Vanner horse show going on at the park so we were able to see some amazing horses. I was amazed how soft they are... adult horses usually have a rather rough hair coat, but the vanners have an incredibly soft, plush feel to them! So cool. :)

On our way back, we went through Cedar Rapids Iowa which has a Czech-Slovak museum. Unfortunately the museum, along with the Czech village square were destroyed in a flood last year, but there was a new restaurant which served Czech food that was really tasty and fun. Czech cuisine offers a lot of very amazing and unique dishes, I am surprised it is so difficult to find here in the U.S.

A few weekends back we had the chance to spend the day canoeing locally, down the Zumbro river. It reminded me just how beautiful southern Minnesota can be. Cliffs and water, fording the canoe over river rock trails, absolutely relaxing and awesome.
Also got to check out the international eagle center in Wabasha with a friend. Very neat birds - there are a lot of permanent pairs on the Mississippi river there due to power plants in the area that keep the water unfrozen all year long.

I know I'm forgetting a ton of things - will try to get back into the habit of posting. Once I get the chance to go through and catch up on all the tons of photos we've been taking... :)

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the autumn time!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Is there a missing photo? I want to see Vegas! Lovely to hear from you again. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
I just re-uploaded, hopefully it will work now!
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Nothing yet! What species is she? :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Sorry about that, it's showing up fine for me so not sure what's wrong with it! Here's a direct link = http://bestpetlizard.com/images/vegasbird.jpg
She's a Congo African Grey. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Awwww, gorgeous! What a cutey! Someday we'll have to visit each other. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely! You are always more than welcome out here (we're in southern Minnesota). Mbala and I were talking about making a roadtrip to Toronto in the next year or so - we've never been to Niagara Falls and I haven't seen the national Aviary or explored the area around there at all. :) If you wouldn't mind some bird-geek-company!
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! You are more than welcome! I'd love to introduce you to the feathered things. X) Just toss me an e-mail when/if you know what your plans are, and we can work stuff out! Niagara is great, too-- amazing birdwatching.
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Was awesome seeing you! :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
It was great seeing you, too! I hope we get the chance to hang out in the future. :) Do you guys ever come out to MFF? You should come and drag Holly - she's never been to a furry con, I assume? ;)
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I love african grays, so much personality and so smart! They're one of my favorite parrots. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
When/if I ever have the time, I really want an African grey. Vegas looks awesome!
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Aw, what an awesome addition to your family!!!

I can't wait to see your new work, by the way. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
COngratulations on Vegas, and glad to hear you are doing well! :D
Oct. 21st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
It was great to see you guys!
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