May 20, 2008

Cincinnati....the best town in O-H-I-O

Sorry I have been off-line for a while. Brian and I spent an extended weekend visiting our college friend, David, in Cincinnati. We packed up Friday night, threw a very tired puppy in the back seat, and set off for a long drive. We surprised ourselves when we made it in 5.5 hours without even using major highways down Indiana.

We were expecting rain for our entire trip, but the weather stayed beautiful. We loved spending time with David and also had the opportunity to meet his friend, Matt. There were many fun parts to our trip, so I'll just pick a few photos to highlight.

Saturday we visited the Cincinnati Zoo. We saw some impressive lions, polar bears, manatees and hissing cockroaches.

But we also some not-so-impressive animals. I mean seriously, are you sure someone just didn't put their pet in this cage and call it a wild African mountain cat? I mean, he's cute and all, but really?

Apparently we couldn't experience Cincinnati without going to Skyline Chili. You can order your chili 3, 4, or 5 ways. It's no Coney Island, the chili is actually quite mild with a obvious splash of cinnamon. It was good, though. I could see myself eating there again. Surprisingly, there is a potato buried below this cheese and chili.

Saturday night we needed something fun to do, so we visited a nearby town festival, the Maifest. There were crafts, beer, and Hillary Clinton! She was rallying for the vote today and we walked up at the perfect time to see her. We were about 20 feet from her, close enough to make eye contact. I may not be one of her devoted followers, but I was still honored to see her speak.

Sunday was another beautiful day. We took David to his first Cincinnati Reds game. I knit a good portion of my sock during the game, got a little sunburn, and just enjoyed the beauty of the stadium. David even decided to learn a little knitting too. I recognized a few of the names, Encarnacion and Ken Griffey Jr., but I'm not going to act like I'm a huge sports fan. I really just like going for the atmosphere.

(We have a ton of action shots because Brian was having fun with the zoom on the camera, which is actually a darn impressive zoom.)

We said goodbye Monday morning and made for our voyage back. We took a detour to do some outlet shopping, visit a local dog park, and eat for our first time at Sonic (Mmmm). We packed a lot of fun into a little trip. Thanks so much for hosting us David!!


Patty Ann said...

So glad you finally got to visit David! That looks like a fun town, really amazed you've caught on to the practice of visiting ballparks. They are really amazing places.

Patty Ann said...

Forgot to say, I don't know if there is another woman alive that could match Hillary's stamina. You have to respect her for that. And she looks good up close!

Amber said...

Oh, I'm jealous! I want to hang out with all of you!! I can't believe you had your first Sonic trip. I hope you got a cherry limeade! Sounds like you guys had a blast.

David said...

Hey Angie. I had such a great time with you guys. I'm so glad you brought Maggie - and the Wii. Thanks for coming down:-)