Of New Year resolutions and Dinosaurs galore

Well, 2013 is upon us, full of exciting possibilities and new stuff to blog about. I never make New Year resolutions, as I have no vices that I can think of. πŸ˜† Some people may decide to go on a strict diet after over indulging during the festive season. I thought I was okay, as my skinny jeans still zipped up, but that was until I stood on the scales at The Natural History Museum. The first one informed me that my weight on Jupiter would be 380 lbs. I comforted myself by saying that I had on my boots, jacket, a few layers of clothing, and was carrying my shoulder bag,Β  but….Oh my goodness!….. the next one I stood one said 3,300 lbs if I was on the sun. Not to worry about that though, as I would be burnt to a crisp, so shouldn’t weigh anything at all.Β  Apparently if I were to visit a neutron star, I would weigh 2 TRILLION lbs! Now there’s a scary thought. I decided to stay earthbound., and not go ‘Swingin’ on a star’ after all. πŸ™‚

One of the first exhibits we saw was the 15.5 ton Williamette Meteorite which, billions of years ago, hit earth at 64,000 kph, in Oregon. It was discovered in 1902, and has been on display at the museum for 100 years, and has been touched by an estimated 50 million people, of which I am one. πŸ™‚


Of course, Tyrannosaurous Rex is one of the most impressive exhibits. It’s composed of fossil bones of two T Rex skeletons, discovered in the early 20th century in Montana.Β I wouldn’t be smiling like this if he was still alive.


The Sauropod, one of the herbivorous dinosaurs, seemed to be attracting the most attention, probably because of its length. It was quite difficult to get it all in the photo. Size does count. πŸ˜†


Here is a Lestodon, a ground sloth which became extinct 30,000 years ago. There is evidence that these creatures and early man shared the same caves, although not at the same time. πŸ™‚


This creature with its huge beak, looked as though it could be Donald Duck’s ancestor.


There’s always a first time for everything, and I decided to pat this AllosaurusΒ  Fragillis on the nose. He didn’t look terribly fragile to me, but at least he didn’t bite. πŸ™‚


The children for some reason only known to themselves, seemed really excited to see these prehistoric camel ancestors.


The Megaloceros (Irish Elk), is the largest deer that has ever lived, and used to regrow these massive antlers which could weigh up to 40 kgs, every year.


Did you ever see a turtle quite as friendly as this one? He looked as if he was saying, “Hi, so pleased to meet you.” πŸ™‚


Or a pair of jaws as huge as this Megalodon? I bet they really cleaned up the sea life on a grand scale.


This giant clam shell was of great interest to little Max. The sign meant nothing to him, as at 20 months old, he can’t read yet. The meat from this clam would have made a decent amount of Clam Chowder.


We all had a such a great time, exploring the wonders of the museum. It was my third time there, and I will definitely go again.

We have just passed Washington DC, on our way back to Florida. The roads are busy butΒ  traffic is moving quickly. Tonight we are staying at Emporia, in Virginia, and we should be there about 6-30, in just over two hours. Hope you’re all having a great New Years Day. Now I will endeavour to catch up on my 971 e-mails. 😯

59 comments on “Of New Year resolutions and Dinosaurs galore

  1. It doesn’t matter what age you are, from the wee ones to the boomers, dinasaurs will always be cool! Great photographs, and Happy New Year!!

  2. What a great visit… I love that museum.
    Glad to reconnect with you this year and many thanks for the blog support.
    β€’.β˜…β™₯β˜…Happy New Year to You & Yours!β˜…β™₯β˜….β€’

  3. You should write for National Geographic – a fantastic post and educational – plus great and funny photos. This I enjoyed.

  4. These were such great pictures. We love going to dinosaur museums, sounds like a very awesome vacation for you. Good luck with the 971 emails. πŸ™‚

  5. Natural history museums are wonderful … and I imagine the kids loved it. Safe travels on your drive back to the beach .. and I hope the weather cooperates. Happy New Year.

    • Thanks so much, Frank. We’re about two thirds of the way back, and the internet is only ‘E’ so I’m not catching up with the blogs as I had hoped to. 😦 At least the temperature has risen by about 13 degrees. πŸ™‚

      • Ahhh … don’t worry about it. Most bloggers feel behind – which is actually self-imposed. Thus do minimal catch–up and then get back into the regular routine.

        Travel wise, it seems you are making good progress. Wishing you continued safe travels.

  6. That meteorite is actually quite beautiful.
    And the sloth thing looks like ET πŸ˜‰
    Glad you had a good time at the museum AD – at least nothing came to life!!
    Hope the trip is safe.

  7. Wow, my kids would love that museum. I hope to take them to the Natural History Museum in DC one day, along with all the other museums there. We have one here in San Diego and it’s the best of all local museums, but it doesn’t compare to NYC or DC.

  8. two favourites – the children waving and smiling and the turtle πŸ™‚ Hope the traffic eased and your home safe and sound πŸ™‚

  9. Wonderful photos – you must have had a great time! I would hate to be anywhere near that meteor when it came down and the Tyrannosaurous Rex is amazing. But my favourite is the ‘smiley’ turtle! πŸ˜€

  10. Hi,
    What a fabulous collection the Museum has, very impressive. Of course I love all the dinosaurs and like a lot of people am really fascinated by their size, land or marine life they were all Huge.
    I love the meteorite how could you not touch it, something so old and yet from outer space as well, the impact would of been horrific, today such an impact would not only be horrific but devastating as well.
    Great photos, I enjoyed each and everyone.

  11. Cute post about your weight on the different planets and stars!! So funny and clever you always are, Sylvia. πŸ™‚ Lucky for you that you don’t have to struggle with keeping your weight in check. The Natural History museum looks like fun. I’ll have to go there sometime when I return stateside. Have fun on your drive back to Florida and be safe!

  12. Shoot! I don’t need to be breaking scales all through the universe. I’d have to avoid that activity! 😯
    That smiling turtle is hysterical. And all of these creatures would have been an amazing sight to see. (And scary!) *Gem*

  13. Wow, what an interesting place. I especially love the first picture of the meteorite from Oregon. It almost looks like a rocky alien. Oh, I guess it IS a rocky alien. Thanks for sharing. I love museums!! πŸ™‚ Marsha πŸ™‚

  14. Love seeing your dinosaur exhibit. The excitement on the children’s face took me back to my first time seeing such an exhibit. We also have a wonderful one here in Pittsburgh. Your photos inspire me to go see them again.


  15. I love the natural history museum here in South Kensington, could get lost for hours in there. Looks like you had a great day out. I hope you have a very safe journey and a pleasant stay in Virginia. How on earth do you cope with so many emails Sylvia? :8O:

  16. I love the pic of the children looking through the glass. I used to work at a museum and we used to try to fake lots of shots like that but yours looks like they are genuinely having a ball! Looks like a great museum to visit!

  17. These are fabulous exhibits. Would love to see this museum. I think I’ll stay away from the scales though. Lol. Safe journey to you on your trek back.

  18. Fantastic photos from your museum visit Sylvia! Glad you did not get tossed out of the museum for fondling the exhibits. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    Looks like you had tons of fun and hope you are enjoying a safe and pleasant trip back to FL.

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