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The Pacific Science Center

After our visit to the Space Needle, Brian N, Ryan and I had a quick lunch and then waltzed over to the Pacific Science Center. This place was an absolute blast! The Pacific Science Center excels in hands-on activities. We very much enjoyed a number of the exhibits.

Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time
This exhibit was less hands-on than most of the others, but still full of interesting tidbits and factoids. They also managed to find a way to work The Far Side cartoons into the exhibit.

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - T-rex and Shadow
T-Rex and Shadows

Science on a Sphere
Around the Science on a Sphere display were a number of astrological displays. I got to check to see what my pregnancy weight would be on the various planets. I was a little concerned until Ryan stepped on the scale and I saw his “Earth Weight” was running high as well. I also got to fact check an Isaac Asimov story I read recently. Venus is indeed hotter than Mercury. Finally, I found amusement by the display were you could touch a real meteor rock. Ryan and I have meteorite inlays in our wedding rings… so we get to touch meteor rocks every day. : )

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Touch a Meteor
Vicky’s Left Hand (Sporting a Meteorite Wedding Ring) Touching a Meteroite

Animal Exhibits
They had a wonderful reptile section including a mesmorizing leopard gecko. I think our group favorite was the Naked Mole Rat Colony. They were well lit and busy little critters. In their community, road rage and pedestrian range doesn’t appear to exist. It was completely socially acceptable to trample over your colleagues carrying a carrot. No one seemed to mind one bit. I could have watched those things all day.

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Leopard Gecko
Leopard Gecko

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Naked Mole Rat Colonies (By Ryan Somma)
The Naked Mole Rat Display (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Naked Mole Rats (By Ryan Somma)
Naked Mole Rats (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Kids Works and Science Playground
Here, we had a good time playing with motors and mirrors. We particularly enjoyed posing for the “Shadow Wall”, a photo-sensitive wall that would record your shadow after a regular flash. Unfortunately, those pictures didn’t come out that well. Many women struggle to lose their bellies after pregnancy. At the Pacific Science Center, I found a means to lose mine instantly before the baby is even born! : )

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - How to Erase a Pregnancy (By Ryan Somma) - Cropped
Instant Stomach Flattener!

Body Works
Body Works was super fun. We took turns maxing out the calorie counter bicycles, testing our reaction time, guessing smells, getting seriously humbled by the muscle endurance tests and checking our center of gravity.

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Brian Center of Gravity
Testing Center of Gravity

Insect Village
The insect village was pretty neat and we arrived just in time to hold a hissing cockroach. I also found a nice little spot to put my feet up.

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Vicky Rests on Caterpillar (By Brian N)
Resting on a Caterpillar (Photo by Brian N)

Tropical Butterfly House
The finale of our visit to Tropical Butterfly House. At 4000 square feet and with 500 butterflies imported weekly, it really blew away the Butterfly Pavilion I saw at the Smithsonian in 2008.

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Pink and Black Butterfly on Leaf (Off Center)
Pink and Butterfly on Leaf

Seattle - Pacific Science Center - Yellow Butterfly on Red Flower
Yellow Butterfly

We started our day being disappointed in the Science Fiction Museum. We ended our day with opposite sentiments about the Pacific Science Center. : )

More pictures of our visit to the Pacific Science Center can be found on my Flickr site.

June 13, 2011 at 1:00 am 2 comments

Space Needle

After our disappointing visit to the Science Fiction Museum and noting the weather was currently sunny and clear, Ryan, Brian N and I headed over to the Space Needle. Lines were short and the elevator ride was only 40 seconds long. Before we knew it, we were at the top taking in stunning views.

Seattle - Space Needle - View 2

Seattle - Space Needle - View 4

Seattle - Space Needle - View 6

Brian N and I have been friends since my sophmore year of high school. In the past 20 years, his keenly calibrated observations have brought me a lot of laughter. The Space Needle was no exception. At the top, we were all reading a seemingly benign sign about the history of the structure. Brian drew our attention to Edward Carlson’s original sketch of his vision. It looked like a kindergartener drew it!

Seattle - Space Needle - Original Concept
Original Space Needle Concept

Brian started to mock the design and speculated on the hand off of the design to the architects and engineers.

“You see what I’m going for, right?”

I laughed and laughed and laughed, just as I did in high school, just as I did in college and just as I continue to do well into adulthood.

On our way back down the Space Needle, our elevator gave us a preview of our next destination – The Pacific Science Center!

Seattle - Space Needle - Pacific Science Center From Elevator
The Pacific Science Center From the Space Needle Elevator

More pictures of our Space Needle visit can be found on my Flickr site.

June 10, 2011 at 1:00 am 2 comments

Seattle’s Science Fiction “Museum”

Our first day in Washington State was a nature-themed day where we hiked Cougar Mountain and visited American chestnuts. The second day was intended to be a science-themed day. My high school classmate, Brian N, was also in town for the same upcoming wedding so he joined us for a day of site-seeing in Seattle!

Our very first stop was the Science Fiction “Museum”. I put the word museum in quotes because I believe a museum should be a collection of exhibits (plural). This museum had one Science Fiction exhibit– BattlestarĀ Galatica. It was a nice exhibit, but still just one exhibit. Apparently, the remaining Science Fiction Galleries were under renovationsĀ to accommodate a new Avatar exhibit that opens June 4th.

Seattle - Science Fiction Museum - Museum and Space Needle
Science Fiction Museum

The Science Fiction Museum was one of the few things on our agenda before we left Virginia, so we were pretty disappointed with what was actually there.

There was a small bright side. Your entry fee also included the Experience Music Project, which was hosting “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses“. Nirvana was my favorite band in high school and early college. It was a nice trip down memory lane in more ways than one. A lot of the handwritten letters, drawings and Polaroids reminded me of my own youth, particularly winter and summer breaks from college. The long nights at Denny’s; all the free time for creativity; concerts in compact, sweat-filled venues; impromptu road trips; spiral notebooks full of aspirations and witnessing young genius (AE).

And I got to learn a little more about Nirvana as well. I liked how the “NIRVANA” font I am so accustomed to wasn’t purposely selected. It was the typeset already in the machine when the Bleach album cover was designed. Since Ryan and I are currently reading up on birthing processes, I also liked that Cobain came up with the idea for the Nevermind cover after watching a film on water births. : )

Seattle - Science Fiction Museum - Vicky and Ryan in Front of Nirvana Poster (By Brian N)
Ryan and I in Front of the Nirvana Sign (Photo by Brian N)

Usually this is where I saw there are more pictures on my Flickr site… but it’s not worth a click. My Science Fiction Museum set only has five pictures in it… and none are related to science fiction. šŸ˜¦

June 9, 2011 at 1:00 am 3 comments


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