Our trip to the Rice NW Rock & Mineral Museum is still on my mind this morning. I like visiting museums (notice I didn't say love) but some of them can be pretty boring. We have a museum here in Richland called CREHST that we visited once and I'd rather clean house than visit that museum again. But the rock and mineral museum in Hillsboro is really awesome. Cathy discovered that she could get a free pass from the library for 4 adults & 4 children due to some kind of program that provides for local taxpayers to visit the museum for free. When we visted on Saturday, Gene had turned 60 that day and it qualified him for a discounted admit of $6. Cathy and I both love a good deal! And, this musuem is a good deal even at full admission price.
We had a guide in both of the buildings we visited. The actual house that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Rice before they died and donated it as a museum, was where most of the pieces are kept. It's a humongous house and we had a very nice, older lady greet us at the door. She told us that during the week, they have some 150 children visit the museum every school day so they don't open for the public until 1:00 p.m. I got to thinking about the impact this kind donation has made on the local kids. I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Rice had any idea how much their legacy would mean to Oregon's school children.
I decided to insert a front view and side view of this rock & mineral formation because I thought it was interesting that our grandson, Brevin, shot a side-view of it. He asked if he could use my camera and this is how he shot the photo. His mom is a professional photographer and I'm sure he's been watching and listening to her for a long time. It shows!
|A real dinosaur egg!|
So, then we visited the fossil room. There were so many fascinating things to look at and their displays were interesting to read. I think brevity is key for museum displays. Our tour guide engaged the grandkids in a little conversation about these dinosaur eggs. Apparently, some are found with the actual embryos inside. My imagination went wild just thinking about that. At age 51, I believe this is the first real dinosaur egg I've ever seen. Wow!
Thoughts: I feel like I have a really rich life. I have seen so many things and traveled a lot of miles and have only scratched the surface of what is available to see & do. I'm really happy we had time to visit this museum ~ it certainly left an impression on me.