The Last Day

Well, it was here and we didn’t want to talk about it … so … Let’s go to the Field instead!  Since we didn’t have to rush, we went about the morning lazily hanging out til one of us got hungry!  Ok, that’s all we needed as a jump-start to get our legs moving … and practically running … to “Yolk“!!  Although everything on the menu looks delicious, today Landon’s breakfast was the prize-winner!  A banana, strawberry, nutella crepe, covered in chocolate sauce and walnuts (if it was mine, we would have left off the nuts!).  Holy Moley!  That was amazing and a great way to start the day!

YUM!

YUM!

Now let’s walk all that off and get over to meet my new BFF … Sue!!  If you’re sick of me talking about Sue, skip this part … otherwise keep going!  I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before, however, Sue’s skeleton is held together with metal rods that are almost invisible when you’re looking at her.  Which is why she looks so real, even if she is just a skeleton!  They have estimated that she weighed over 14,000 pounds when she was alive!  Crazy, right??  Well, her skull skeleton alone weighs over 600 pounds, so the museum has made an exact replica of her skull for the exhibit and her real skeleton is in a case where you are close enough so that you can just about touch it (except for the glass).  I learn something new about her every time I visit her.  So that’s your “Sue Lesson” for today … next week, I’m sure there’ll be more!
Sue's Massive Skull

Sue’s Massive Skull

Since I talk waaaayyy too much about Sue, the kids were like, “um, Nina, can we see the movie about the mammoths??”  Which is another amazing exhibit in itself.   This museum also has “Lyuba,” a baby woolly mammoth that was preserved almost perfectly intact while she was lying in a Siberian river for almost 42,000 years!!  Another crazy, right??  Well we decided to go learn more about her and watch the 3D film “Mammoths & Mastadons – Titans of the Ice Age.”  This is another great film for all ages and I highly recommend it.  I had NO IDEA that we had “mammoths” right here in the United States!  Anyway, I may be visiting Lyuba a little more this summer just to learn her story.  But for now, the movie will be our teacher!

Watching in 3D!

Watching in 3D!

We also took in the “Viking” exhibit where they have a sculpture of a viking ship created with only fishing line and the nails that held the ship together.  Lukie got a one-on-one lesson from a docent all about how the ships were built back then, what they looked like, and how they worked.  It’s hard to tell from these pictures, but when you look the ship with your own eyes, it’s a pretty amazing the way you can actually “see” it.

Standing behind the

Standing behind the “ship” and learning all about the “Vikings” who built it.

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From Sue to Lyuba and lichens to vikings, we crammed in as much as we possibly could for one day at the museum.  The boys loved it except for one minor flaw in the museum.  Apparently, this museum has a sense of pride (or humor!) and take their teams seriously.  I didn’t see anything wrong with this pic, but maybe others might?

The intricate detail in the ceiling is amazing ... right? ;-)

The intricate detail in the wall is amazing … right? 😉

We ended our day at our little neighborhood pub, “First Draft” for dinner and a good craft beer.  I’m not really an enjoy-er (is that a word?) of beer, but I have been enjoying the tastes of the many different craft beers that the city shares with us.  Tonight Coco and I tried an “Allagash White” that was yummy!  Who knows, I might give up my margaritas for craft beers … well, I doubt it, but maybe!!

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We had a wonderful, fun, family vacation with our Compadres and the boys, filled with tons of blessings.  We had 7 (count ’em — 7) full days together (not counting their 2 travel days!) and it still was not enough!  We did a lot, but there’s a LOT MORE to do!  Here’s a few more random pics for you to enjoy …

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before we say “see ya at home” …

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and talk to you tomorrow!

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One thought on “The Last Day

  1. Andi says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! More fun with friends and SUE! I’ll never tire of learning about Sue! And, by the way, we have read about a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth in Siberia…could it possibly be…..Lyuba??? Did they find the contents in her stomach perfectly preserved?
    Glad you had yet another great visit with dear friends!!! XOXO

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