I’m never inclined to do anything cultural when it’s just SVV and me. But as soon as I have visitors in town, woo boy, I pack the schedule so full that my mom was more excited than anything else to get home from her nine-day “vacation” so she could sleep it off for a week. Perhaps one of the things I was most anticipated during her stay was my first trip to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, which reopened its doors in September but has been absolutely too crowded (as in hundreds of people in line daily, no exaggeration), and well, I don’t do lines (too small of a bladder, I fear). Luckily, on the cloudy February Thursday my mom and I chose, we essentially had the place to ourselves.
After my recent trip to the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s biggest), I honestly didn’t think I’d be impressed.
Boy, was I wrong. My favorite part was this four-level Rainforests of the World annex, where the butterflies and birds roamed free, and each floor was dedicated to a different country (Madagascar, Amazon, Costa Rica, Borneo).
One butterfly even took up residence on my mom’s knee, and before you knew it, she became the most popular girl in all of the forest.
In the rainforest, there were lots of lizards.
Or um, iguanas—I’m really not sure.
Though they were all about giving each other “special hugs.”
Staring down little boys.
And showering me with kisses.
The museum also consists of a science lab, planetarium, Living Roof and aquarium, which of course was my favorite part.
I’m not really sure if this is coral or what—see what a bad journalist I am? I don’t even take notes!—but I do know it was pretty. (Editor’s Note: OK, it’s been pointed out already that the below looks a little, erm, phallic…I swear, I did not think that when taking this picture! Minds out of gutter, Internet!)
I’ve always had a fascination with jellies, though even when I spot moons (which don’t sting) while diving in a full-blown wetsuit, you can bet your bottom dollar I get out of the water as quickly as my fins will take me. And after seeing Seven Pounds (seriously, what was that all about anyway?!), I’m even more terrified of them. But they sure are pretty.
And I could have sat all day and watched the arctic penguins frolic about.
Hi, Little Guy!
So where’s the albino alligator? Umm…your guess is as good as mine. Clearly he blended into its surroundings so, that I didn’t even notice him!
*All photos taken with a Canon XTi, 17-85mm and 50mm fixed lens.