14 January 2009

How do dinosaurs visit museums?

We met Auntie Heather in Chicago the Monday before Christmas.
Carter was ready to go. It was a bitter cold day so I gave him a choice of two sweaters. He chose the one with 'colors'. Heather said he looked stupid. At least he stood out when he started to wander too far.

Trilobite eyes Andrew.

Trilobite eyes Auntie Heather.

Carter first sees some dinosaurs. This was the whole reason we went to the museum. Carter is WAY into dinosaurs right now (which I am enjoying much more than the train fascination). He loved seeing them all and I think we spent nearly an hour in that room.

Hanging with the apatosaurus.

In the apatosaurus footprint.

I have to say, having never seen real dinosaur fossils before, movies had led me to believe that dinosaurs were much bigger than they actually were. Thanks stupid Jurassic Park.

The baby gets eaten by a dinosaur.

Us grown ups actually learned quite a bit. The history section contained quite a bit of information that 17 years of school seem to have left out. Like the fact that there have been multiple mass extinctions (dinosaurs were number four). It would appear that we're heading into another mass extinction now per the above sign. Unfortunately it does appear that you only notice these things after they happen. Mass extinction number three lasted something like 5 million years.

With Sue.

Oz sleeps.

Both kids fell asleep on the way home and then were up sort of late that night. It was cold and there was a potential parking fiasco that was thankfully avoided so all in all it was an awesome trip.

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