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There and back again.

Courtesy of Mbala, here are some pictures from our recent adventures:

A waterfall on the Hemlock Trail in Hoosier National Forest.

I love hiking! There were neat little undercuts/caves in the walls along the trail.

Hoosier national forest in Indiana had beautiful fall color for us to enjoy. We've missed a lot of it since Minnesota decided to go straight from summer to winter with snow in the beginning of October this year.

I am not a religious person, but I really enjoy the architecture of churches. Mbala and I got a grand tour of the Benedictan monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana. It's a huge and beautiful church. Mbala got a bunch of neat pics of the monastery, I'll make him post them later.

I was worried we couldn't enter the monastery when I saw this sign, but then I remembered we'd left all our uranium at home, thank goodness.

Our Vibe, Smith, posing as a car commercial car in Hoosier.

In case you didn't know - semis are full of awesome (taken of the back of a truck on the highway).

Holly is doing PhD research at the University of Kentucky and gave us a tour of the lab where she works. We got to meet some of the lab pigeons who were very neat to see.

Holly at work and the Pidgeonator - a control/switch system for the expriment boxes. It may be old, but if it ain't broken... why upgrade?

The belgian sheepdog, Ada, running an experimental trial - trying to match items on a touch screen.

Ada, performing the matching test with her nose. The research Holly is working on is really fascinating - and don't worry, Ada is a pet (like all the other dogs in the trial) - they aren't kept just for research tasks. ;)

One of the best things to do when traveling, this sign says it all!

The Kentucky State Horse Park had (of course) beautiful horses - this is a 'Spanish Norman' horse - a breed of andalusian and percheron influence.

Horses are so cool!

Horses always win size comparison contests.

There was literally no one else at the gypsy vanner show, so we had the stadium to ourselves. Fink was very serious about the event, as you can see. I seem to lose headbands like left socks so I only had this flaming red one to wear. I eventually made an emergency Target run so I have my nice less-flashy black trademarks back again.

Draft horses are full of awesomeness!

The horse park had a lot of nice meet-and-greet opportunities - here Peachcat gets the chance to chat with the owner of an adopted standardbred racehorse.

Now... back to work! Enid, Oklahoma and St. Louis (Eureka), MO are on the plate for later this month!


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Oct. 21st, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
These are fantastic pics!

I love getting solo pics of my car in places its been. I've got quite a collection. You and Mbala must come out here next month and camp in JT with us. We'll have to introduce you to the Wheel Inn.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm amazed!
Thanks! Whew, next month to JT sounds like a tough thing for us to make, but we have to go to JT sooner or later no matter what, so why not sooner? I will look into it!
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nice!
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm amazed!
I got some incredible photos of you that I did not get to process yet. :) Make sure to post your photos (and the frozen roses!)
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: I'm amazed!
Yay! I will post the pics as soon as I can find disc space to download them to.
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics!
Could I put some of Mbala's pics of our lab up on our website?
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome pics!
I'm sure he'd be fine with it! :) I'll ask him to email you a bunch too, he got some really nice ones we can send you all the files.
Thank you again for the fantastic hosting and showing us around Lexington. :) I hope we can make it back again soon!
(P.S. you guys should all come out to MFF!)
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
I'm amazed!
No problem, are you happy with the resolution?
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: I'm amazed!
I think the photos are awesome! I like them as they are!
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, so much goodness in this post, I love it all! Hikes, foliage, a Belgian Shepherd (!!! yay !!!) draft horses, pigeons, stained glass, and wow, the colors on the Spanish Norman and the one after it are so beautiful! :D Thanks so much for sharing! :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Man, looks like you had a blast!

Oct. 21st, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I miss riding and being around horses.

It looks like an awesome trip. Gypsy Vanner show? I'd of been right there with you!!

Oct. 21st, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I really, really like the headliner piece. It's very soothing.
Oct. 21st, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome photos! Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 21st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
That photo collection is so awesome, that the only words I can come up with are "the second horse has purple earhats".

Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm amazed!
The second horse also has poofy tail!
Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: I'm amazed!
Oh my goodness! So it does! That's enormous, it's like a broom!
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
I think I now have a reason to go to kentucky. Looks like cool times!
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Spectacular! =D When I see this kind of photos I feel the pressing need to take a looooooooong vacation in US. ;)
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics! I love the Hoosier National Forest, hiked there many times when I lived in Indiana.... I feel so deprived of fall color, it been a sad year in that regards.....
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