After lots of planning and rescheduling, my family and I finally got to visit the Tellus Science Museum!
It was a gorgeous day and we got to enjoy the beautiful grounds. Aren't these shady avenues lovely? I wanted to pitch a tent and stay there even more than I wanted to run through the sprinklers.
A special outdoor exhibit called 'Metal in Motion' featured massive earth movers, old automobiles, emergency vehicles and military transports.
A replica of the Jurassic Park jeep...but no dinosaurs. Too bad - I've got a bloodcurdling scream that I'm sure everyone would have enjoyed.
And the highlight of the trip.....'drum roll'.....helicopters! When we were driving up to Tellus, a Vietnam war era helicopter went right over our car and we could see it heading for the Tellus grounds before it disappeared into the trees. Though we didn't get to see the Huey land, we were there when a rescue helicopter came in for a landing.
I would have just posted a picture, but I included this video because it's so funny. I thought I was so slick in filming this, but it was so bright, I didn't realize that I had my tablet pointed in the wrong direction. You can see a little of what's going on...plus you get to hear me scream like a little kid...I thought for sure the bird was going to land on top of us.
When I checked my video afterwards and realized I had a minute worth of sun spots....I just about passed out.
We were getting tired of standing in the sun so we moved inside, where I could actually SEE where I was pointing my camera.
Next we looked at a lot of stuff that made me feel like I was in school again ('scream')...... Rocks and minerals were never my favorite thing....but I did walk away amazed at how God placed everything human beings would ever need on this planet at Creation. He knew what we would need in 30 AD and he knows what we need in 2016 AD. From an axe head to an airplane....He gave us all the raw materials we need and the wits to know how to use them. Secular museums can go on and on about how smart man is at 'discovering' a new mineral and figuring out how to process it - but God knew the mineral was there all the time and enabled us to create the infrastructure of technology that enables us to put the 'new' mineral to use. God is the amazing designer and provider - not man.
So happy I live in one of those lovely green areas....
A whole wall was dedicated to showing the Periodic Table with little boxes holding items that represented each mineral.
Next up was the Transportation Hall. Aside from the beautiful 'flying machine' and an old Bell Helicopter, there was a fantastic exhibit of crazy old jalopies.....I would give a lot to own one of these beauties. I got the biggest kick out of the car with the red wheels - a 1903 Waverly Electric Road Wagon. This was one of the very first 'electric cars' and was marketed to women drivers because it didn't have a hand crank and could be easily started 'without soiling hand, gloves or clothing'.
Next was the Cold War exhibit - featuring a MiG's fuselage. A small plaque stated that there are over 40 privately owned MiG-21s in the US, some still in flying conditions. I think I just decided what I want for Christmas.
Next, we went panning for gems. There wasn't anything bigger than a fly in all that sand, but it was fun. I discovered it was easier to just dig through the sand and water than use the pan. Do I really look like a patient pan-ner to you?
Next up - what my big sister appropriately dubbed: "The Hall of Lies." It was so sad to see mothers reading the evolution based plaques aloud to their kids--both of them convinced that it was the truth. We blew through this section in short order. It amused me to see how the displays would show how archeologists had found one bone or tooth and then 'scientists' had 're-constructed' an entire skeleton - swearing that this was what the beast had actually looked like. Amazing what one tooth will tell you.
Back outside again. Got the autographs of one of our Vietnam War veterans and then sat in a genuine Vietnam War helicopter. This was no replica - the Lucky Star has flown in dozens of combat missions. BEST. PART. OF. MY. DAY.
I only sat in that chopper for a total of perhaps 20 seconds....but with my imagination....that was all I needed to envision myself in a Top Gun type scenario.
Took a quick peek at the planetarium (we couldn't stay late enough to do any star gazing) and the outdoor displays of solar energy and wind energy.
We hated to leave, but it was time to go. As one last special little treat, we saw this magnificent Rat Rod in the parking lot.....it's definitely a one of a kind.
We had a wonderful time. One of these days, we'd like to go back....