Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ann Arbor is Fun

My family and I spent the past couple weeks in Michigan with my family. We've tried to spend as much time as possible with them this summer for many reasons, one of which is to try to makeup for being absent for over four years (for which my grandfather - entirely without malice - says I can never do). Going up to Michigan gives us an opportunity to do things we used to do before seminary, and to share some favorite things with our kids.

One thing we have come to enjoy is going to the Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor. When I was a kid we went nearly every year in elementary school as a class field trip. We've been there before as a family, but we've never managed to catch a planetarium show. The first time we were there the planetarium was being renovated. Another time we were there during the week, when planetarium shows were only on weekends. This time, though, we were lucky; there were shows on weekdays, and we got in. There were us and another family in the small planetarium space (which I remembered being so much bigger when I was a kid). The young man running the show invited questions, which we were happy to bombard him with. He did very well, proving himself knowledgeable about many related things.

While we waited for the planetarium show, we toured the rest of the museum's exhibits. The second floor featured dinosaur bones and prehistoric fossils and model exhibits.

I can see how the mammoths got their name.

The third floor featured exhibits on Michigan wildlife. The fourth floor featured model exhibits of native American life and examples of various crystal and rock formations. Also featured were pictures from the Hubble space telescope.

Afterwards we crossed the Diag and got a bite to eat at a local pizza place. The pizza was a bit bigger than we expected...

... but not big enough to stop our appetites.

Ann Arbor is a fun place. I hear it's one of the best places in the country to live, if not the very best.

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