Walked around Water St. &...
Walked around Water St. & Promenade Park by the river. There were some nice shops and restaraunts in the area. Finding an artist shop that was open so we could warm up and talk to the shop owner about some of the interesting pieces created by local artists.
Go see a Mud Hens baseball game in downtown Toledo. The Fifth Third Field is a terrific place to catch a game and has won awards for "Best Fan Experience at a Ballpark". There are fireworks after most of the weekend games. Can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening. Tickets are $8.
Toledo's Public Library
Do you need to get back in touch - electronically - while you're travelling? Head over to Toledo's Public Library. It's a noble example of the genre. Many interesting details in and on the building, particularly the entrance lobby.
Chihuly Glass at the Public Library
A new acquistion at the Public Library is this striking glass "piece" by Washington State glass artist Dale Chihuly. Entirely appropriate for a place known as "Glass City USA". I appreciate the fact that Toledo is a city that cares enough to invest in its public library - or at least it did so relatively recently. Libraries can actually be important centers for the communities in which they reside!!!
You have to see the Elephants!!!
The African elephant is the largest living land mammal, with its relative, the Asian or Indian elephant, coming in a close second. Adult African elephants reach a length of 18-24 feet and a height of 10-13 feet. They weigh in at 8,800-15,500 pounds. Maximum size is reached at around 25 years of age.
African elephants are native to a wide variety of habitats, including semi-desert scrub, open savannas and dense forest regions. However, whereas elephants once ranged throughout Africa, they are now mostly confined to parks and reserves south of the Sahara Desert. Only about 20% of their range is under some form of protection.
When young male elephants reach puberty, around 12-15 years of age, they either leave the herd voluntarily or are driven out by the females. They then roam alone or gather in small, loosely bonded "bachelor" herds. Bulls temporarily rejoin cow herds when females are ready to mate.
Adult elephants appear to recognize individual members of their family group as well as members of extended groupings. Members of a group will often pause briefly to exchange touches when passing one another in the bush. Elephants are even thought to display compassion when a group member is injured and grief when a familiar elephant dies.