Virginia Zoological Park (photo journal)

22366318_10214832339861888_6834313303789828946_n.jpg Gloomy, rainy weather didn’t stop us from heading out to the Virginia Zoo this weekend. As an animal rights advocate I tend to have a love-hate relationship when it comes to zoos and aquariums. But I can see both sides of the story and know that many zoos are not just out to make money off their acquired living breathing property, but also hope for educating the public on why preservation of these magnificent being is vital. I also know many zoos have visionaries that fight the rights of animals from this angle. Knowing and seeing too well the mass extinctions that are taking place within our animals species habitats as well as species decline due to poaching and other forms ofanimal enslavement and abuse uses.

So when I visit a zoo I usually view with skeptical concerned eyes. But I’m happy to say this zoo does a pretty amazing job with care for their animals and utilizing their position to educate the public and preserve the species that come to live here at the Virginia Zoo. All zoos have room for improvements and recently this zoo had one of their Red Pandas escape because of tree branches. Sadly that Panda was never found. And since then they seem to have implemented more measures for protection of animal and human alike.

22279529_10214839980732905_5163218267207142195_n.jpg My hope always is that those who take on the responsibility of wildlife do so with respect for the animal and their nature and to educate the public on the beauty they possess and that if we do not take care and heed, they may all one day be gone.

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Virginia Zoo

The Elephant In The Room 

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Just a project I was working on at the site of the USS Wisconsin

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Thanks to all who serve, all who served and all who will serve! 

“Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.”

“The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level two of Nauticus. The museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. For more information, please visit www.hrnm.navy.mil.”

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History

“Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 30th state. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1941 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on December 7, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Walter S. Goodland, and commissioned on April 16, 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command.”

“After her trials and initial training in the Chesapeake Bay, Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, on July 7, 1944, bound for the British West Indies. Following her shakedown, conducted out of Trinidad, the third Iowa-class battleship to join the Fleet returned to her builder’s yard for post-shakedown repairs and alterations.”

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Stats

  • Displacement – 45,000 tons
  • Displacement – 58,000 tons loaded
  • Length – 887′ 3″
  • Beam – 108′ 2″
  • Draft – 37′ 8″
  • Speed – 33 knots
  • Complement – 1,600
  • Armament – 9 16″, 20 5″, 80 40mm., 49 20mm.
  • Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 600 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 212,000 shp
  • Class – Iowa

Battleship Wisconsin Chronology

  • January 25, 1941 – Keel Laid Down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
  • December 7, 1943 – Launched
  • April 16, 1944 – Commissioned
  • July 1, 1948 – Decommissioned
  • March 3, 1951 – Recommissioned for Korean War Service
  • March 8, 1958 – Decommissioned
  • October 22, 1988 – Recommissioned as part of President Reagan’s 600 Ship Navy
  • September 30, 1991 – Decommissioned
  • February 12, 1998 – Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve
  • December 7, 2000 – Battleship Wisconsin Moved To Nauticus Berthing

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USS Wisconsin Facebook

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Info Source: Battleship Wisconsin

Busch Gardens 07/30/2017

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I walked🚶🏽 alllllllllll day lol.  Close friends of ours were heading to Busch Gardens for the day and we hadn’t been there together since 2007 when the Griffon roller coaster🎢 ride first opened there.

It was a short travel to get to Busch Gardens, about an hour. We arrived at around noon and left after Celtic Fyre at about 9pm. It was a long day of walking, burning a whole lot of calories and having fabulous day with friends.

My hubby & I had so much fun even though we didn’t do many rides. Keith did a few of the coasters (If you are in to roller coasters, you’ll LOVE this park) with our friend Jason while me, Jason’s wife Wendy, their son and our friend Rachel (her hubby had to work 😞) and her two girls took the kids for their rides and fun adventures. We all met up after and went to the “More Pet Shenanigans Show”.  😸🐶🕊️🐔🐀🐷All their animals are rescues and they are treated really well. The show was realllllly cute and funny. The video below wasn’t the show we attended (this was posted last year) but all the animals seemed to be super happy and having fun. All the dogs were wagging their tails and looked loved.

 

 

 

The whole layout of Busch Gardens is really beautiful, with lots of places to stop and rest in the shade and get cool drinks. We did a meal package plan which was very reasonably priced for a theme park. And the food, although cafeteria style was delicious, with healthier options available. There are adventures and experiences for all ages and the park is kept clean (even the bathrooms).

After the More Pet Shenanigans Show, we all kind of went our separate ways. Jason and Wendy headed home and Rachel and the girls went over to have fun with the Sesame Street Show and fun play area. Keith and I went to see Britmania, a musical show about the British invasion of music into the U.S., it was a fun show especially if you are a fan of musicals and music. After that we grabbed some dinner in Canada since we had done lunch in England. The park is divided up by hamlets to be able to travel your way around the park. Each of the hamlets has their own shops with fare that would be from that hamlet. From baked goods, to jewelry.

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  • Banbury Cross (England)
  • Heatherdowns (Scotland)
  • Sesame Street Forest of Fun
  • Killarney (Ireland)
  • San Marco (Italy)
  • Festa Italia (Italy)
  • Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany)
  • Land of the Dragons
  • Oktoberfest (Bavarian Germany)
  • Aquitaine (France)
  • New France (French Canada)

 

After dinner we headed to Celtic Fyre, which was the show we were most looking forward to seeing! If you like celtic song and dance, you would be mesmerized by their performance! It was Broadway level showmanship and artistry. We would go back just to see this show again! Below is a promo for the show.

 

 

We headed homeward bound after Celtic Fyre. I ended up burning about 1, 400 😯calories just walking around all day! So all in all it was a pretty ✨magical ✨day

 

 

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