|Letter from Los Angeles
||Monday | 20 June 2016
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles, California: Dave and I had
volunteered to watch the kids all day Monday as Lisa had a huge
project to complete and Lenny was at work. What to do with the kids all day in
I don't suppose we could have plopped them in front of the television all day?
No matter how excited Lucy gets when she sees Mickey Mouse, television is rarely
allowed in this house... too hot for the zoo... couldn't take them to a swimming
pool because we hadn't thought to bring bathers. So...
The very well air conditioned Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County! We have been to this lovely museum
several times before, and one of these days we need to visit sans toddlers
so we explore every room and even read a few descriptive signs. The museum sits
between the USC campus and the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Our first stop was a tour through the African and North American halls, lined
with dioramas of taxidermified animals.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Lucy, checking-out the bison
Kudo exhibit in the African area
Then it was lunch time, so we took our hungry explorers down to the pretty-decent
cafe in the basement for grilled cheese sandwiches and salads. Leo is crazy for
this week. On the same level, the museum has a wonderful
area for "future scientists" to explore - displays of bugs, snakes, animals and
birds that are found in the Los Angeles area. Leo is fascinated by the series of
tubes that house rats - and the rat "cage" is filled with assorted food
packaging "garbage", (hopefully) letting the teeny visitors realize what happens
when you don't keep things neat and tidy?
Lucy looks at a cockroach
Leo face, as I explain taxidermy
Butterflies and Beetles
Next it was on to Leo's favorite area of the museum - dinosaurs. Dave tailed Leo
and I followed Lucy.
If you are ever in the area, do take time to explore the Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles. Like the Santa Anita racetrack, the building alone is
worth the visit.
The kids were delivered back to their Mom late afternoon. They
had been so well behaved while with their grandparents. Lenny returned from work
and Lisa made us all delicious salads, topped with sliced "chicken"
After dinner, DT and I flew back to Portland. Our rare late
night flight afforded us the opportunity to spend all day with our perfect and
adorable grandchildren, and we were also treated to an amazing view of the rare
Strawberry Moon - a full moon on the summer solstice - from the airplane window.
Until my next update, I remain, your exhausted correspondent.
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