Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring in Cincinnati

The girls wanted to give Gran a day in Cincinnati for her birthday this year so we thought it would be a good idea for us all to make a day outing of it.
We picked Gran up at 7 am and started down the AA Highway to the Queen City of Cincinnati. Driving was difficult for me since I was still sore from the previous day's work. On Friday morning, I installed oak flooring on about half of the guest bedroom. In the afternoon, I helped build raised beds for the high tunnel greenhouse at Hometown Elementary near Red House, WV. It was a fun and productive day but my muscles were paying for it on Saturday.

We arrived at Sarah & Greg's house a little after 10 am finding that Emily had arrived shortly before us. We visited with the family briefly then left Gran to enjoy the day with the younger generation. They had a great day by visiting the Krohn Conservatory then went to lunch at the Cincinnati Art Museum. After lunch they did some shopping at some of the area's many stores.
After leaving Gran at Sarah's, we drove up to Jungle Jim's to restock the Marie Sharps Fiery Hot Sauce, goetta and Assam Tea as well as few other items. We got Cincinnati Chili at Skyline Chili which was tasty but not as good as our home made. 
We drove down to the Cincinnati Zoo to check in on some of the recent renovations at the zoo and to see some of our favorite animals. I took a brief power nap before joining Mary in the zoo. Although I only slept about 10 minutes, I felt refreshed after that. I met up with Mary in the gorilla area, one of my favorites. The weather was beautiful and many of the animals were enjoying the sunshine and seasonal warmth of the day. 
We didn't stay at the zoo long and drove over to Newport, Kentucky to The Party Source to pick up some gifts and to see how the additions there were progressing. I picked up a bottle of John J. Bowman for Steve Minor, some Buffalo Trace Bourbon Creame for Gran and some W. L. Weller 107 Antique Bourbon for me. We did a tasting of Pappy Van Winkle at the tasting area while we were there. The Pappy was good but certainly not up to the hype the currently surrounds it. After leaving The Party Source, we drove over to Findley Market and walked through the vendors. We noticed that Krause's Butcher Shop was closed. It is a shame since it was been in Cincinnati for many years. We walked by Kroeger and Son's Meats and counted 43 different kinds of sausages for sale today. We didn't buy anything since the market was preparing to close and it was nearly 5 pm so we headed for the car. When we got to the car, the gang called to say that they were exhausted and ready for dinner.
We picked Greg up at home and drove over to Walt's Barbecue on Colerain Avenue. We always enjoy Walt's since we can buy meats and sides by the pound and share a little of everything. We got two pounds of brisket, a pound of pulled pork, a quart each of baked beans and sweet potatoes and a pint of cole slaw. We each had a corn muffin as well. The amount was about right for the six of us since we all had our fill and there was a little left over to Greg's lunch.
We left Walt's and headed for home. We were very tired but had a great day of visiting with family and enjoying the beautiful spring day in Cincinnati.

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