Later, in the car, watching all the people stuck in our hideous Bay Area traffic, I remarked on the awesomeness of the carpool lane. And as we zipped past all those barely moving cars, my sweet five year old pointed at them and said: "Yeah, SUCK-AHS!"
Anyway, our trips this month: We went to the John Muir Historical Site, and learned about one of the greatest hippies who ever lived. He had a "scribble den" in his big beautiful house. I want a scribble den. A photo from the trip:
We went to the California Academy of Sciences, a place that rocks. And that has lots of cool rocks, too. A video of that trip:
There are a surprising amount of fish in the Academy: everywhere you go, there is a fish habitat, or a huge tank, or some way to see fish behind glass. Later, on our way to a soccer field, Little T said:
This is wi-wee weird, mommy. I feel kind of like a swimming fish right now. Because we saw all those fish through glass today, and now we are sitting here with the car windows around us, and I feel like I'm a fish behind glass. This is wi-wee weird, mommy.See? Trippin' with Little T.
We went to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and learned a little about life right before and during the Gold Rush. We learned, for example, that if you had strep throat in the 1840s , the doctor at the Fort would stick a glass tube down your throat, with an opening at the bottom just big enough for the mouth (but not the body) of a leech to fit through, thus allowing the leech to feast upon the swollen tissue of your throat, thereby removing the bacteria from your body. I think the "thus" and "thereby" in the previous sentence do a nice job of balancing the disgusting subject matter.
We also went to the State Capitol building and took a very informative tour; the highlight for me was seeing the State Assembly Gallery, where Assemblymembers cast their votes and make the laws that govern our lives. Very cool. Some more photos:
|The awesome dome.|
|Jerry Brown, our state's youngest (from 1975-1983) and |
oldest (currently!) Governor, and his super funky portrait.
|Where the Assembly debates and votes!|
I am all field tripped out. Must rest up before we go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium next month.