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. 😆 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, 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. 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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 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. 😆
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. 🙂
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 Allosaurus Fragillis on the nose. He didn’t look terribly fragile to me, but at least he didn’t bite. 🙂
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.” 🙂
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 but 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. 😯
Interesting facts aside. What a great, very entertaining post. Always love your humor, Adin.
Thanks, Rommel. That’s a very nice thing to say. xx
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!!
This is so true, Elisa. I never tire of looking at this museum. Happy New Year to you too. 🙂
Surely a children’s paradise too! Mine were crazy about dinosaurs. Lovely photos of the giants!
Thanks, Ann Christine. So glad you enjoyed the pics.
What a great visit… I love that museum.
Glad to reconnect with you this year and many thanks for the blog support.
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Yes it is a great musem, and I don’t think I would ever tire of going there.
You should write for National Geographic – a fantastic post and educational – plus great and funny photos. This I enjoyed.
Thanks so much for the compliment, Viveka. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks, TG. It was great fun. My emails were over 1,000 this morning. 😯
I give up. 😆
LOVE natural history museums! Thanks for the great pics.
Glad you enjoyed, Ruth. 🙂
Thanks for the tour of this great museum.
I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂
That is an amazing museum. Thanks for the tour, AD!
Love the kids with the camel!
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. 🙂
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.
Loved the pics, very interesting. Happy new year to you.
Thanks so much, Cin. Happy New Year to you too. xx
That Jupiter weight is a DOOZIE!!! I love the Museum!!! That Tortoise is AMAZING!!!!
Hahaha…. yes, I don’t think I want to go to Jupiter. 🙂
oh envious.. if only i could go visit that museum.. nice post and fun to read.
Thanks so much, starlight. 🙂
Try the moon!! It is supposed to take huge amount of weight off the scale. And I have always believed that scales cannot be trusted.
I couldn’t get near the moon scale, and now I know why it was so popular. 😆
A very enjoyable read, Sylvia :D. I am glad you’ve decided to stay on Earth with us ;).
Thanks so much, Paula. Have a great day. 🙂
That meteorite is actually quite beautiful.
And the sloth thing looks like ET 😉
Glad you had a good time at the museum AD – at least nothing came to life!!
Hope the trip is safe.
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.
I love the museum photos. It’s bad enough I weigh less in Joburg than I do at home 😉
two favourites – the children waving and smiling and the turtle 🙂 Hope the traffic eased and your home safe and sound 🙂
I love that friendly turtle! Love your pics,ad.
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! 😀
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.
Amazing!!! Good capture!!! Happy New Year!!!
Cute post about your weight on the different planets and stars!! So funny and clever you always are, Sylvia. 🙂 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!
Nice tour. Oh, as for resolutions I gave up and made none 😀
Hi AD, great tour. That turtle really is a favourite 😀
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*
Safe travels. Enjoyed seeing your smiling face in the photos today. Peace, health and happiness in 2013! Best, Ruth
Thanks so much, Ruth. Happy New Year to you too. 🙂
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!! 🙂 Marsha 🙂
That meteorite is amazing. Enjoy your trip back home 🙂
Why did the dino soar? It was actually a pterodactyl …
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.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
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:
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!
Looks like a great museum to visit, at least I know I’ve managed to tour a bit of it already 😉
Have a safe trip back!
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.
I love this museum. I have been a couple of times. I find dinosaurs fascinating too. Happy New Year.
What a fun series! Love the smiley turtle, and the excited faces of the children!
Excellent, i love museums, that meteor must have made a bit of a dent..
Fantastic photos from your museum visit Sylvia! Glad you did not get tossed out of the museum for fondling the exhibits. 😉 😀
Looks like you had tons of fun and hope you are enjoying a safe and pleasant trip back to FL.