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!