Thursday, October 9, 2008
Close to Nowhere
We’re going to Jackson...
This past weekend, the crew at our house, most of us anyway, headed out to Jackson (Miss.) to visit the dinosaurs again.
One of the granddaughters and I had already seen them; and we were anxious for her big sister, Pop and Uncle Kris to see them too.
It’s been a long time since all of us went on a vacation together, even though “Mom” didn’t come this time -- she wanted to do “adult” things with a friend in Memphis -- (they went to the Pink Palace arts and crafts event and looked at glass and pottery.)
When our kids were younger, museums, etc., were one of our favorite pastimes.
For a long time, Pop hasn’t traveled a lot -- heart and back problems keep him pretty close to home most of the time.
But this time, there were dinosaurs involved. Even though it involved groaning and breathing really hard at times and having to sit down a couple times, he managed to enjoy himself drifting around the museums with the girls. (He pretty much left me and Kris to ourselves...)
If you haven’t been to the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, you have really missed something. The dinosaur exhibit is wonderful — they’re robotic (they even have one without his skin on) and very lifelike.
The dinosaurs will be in Jackson until Jan. 4, 2009. The rest of the exhibits are permanent and well worth a visit all by themselves.
I’m so proud of my granddaughters — they expect great and wonderful things when we vacation in Mississippi. And they aren’t ever disappointed. They and their friends are going to be great PR for Mississippi as they get older!
We might not have picked the best weekend to go though. The state fair was going on and a football game, so motels, hotels and restaurants were full to the gills. As we were checking in our hotel, the desk clerks were turning away lots of folks who weren’t smart enough to make reservations.
I think Pop had more fun than the rest of us. He doesn’t get to go as often as we do (he just can’t get interested in quilt shows).
As a night person, I was worried about how he’d cope with having to actually go to bed and go to sleep at bedtime. And I was right to worry!
The rest of us are all early risers, so by 10:30, the two girls and I were fast asleep in our room. Not Pop! At 10:30 he was knocking on our door from his and Uncle Kris’ next door room looking for the car keys. He had to go get some chips or something.
Not a one of us females appreciated being awakened!
The ag and forestry museum is fantastic also. And, to no one’s surprise, one of my favorite places there was the General Store (translate souvenir shop).
I bought myself some pickup sticks!
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