Friday, September 30, 2011

My Week With Obama - Friday - Part 1

So after training was over on Friday - I had about three hours to kill until the shuttle was picking me up at the hotel so I checked out of my room - checked my bags at the hotel - and went exploring a few museums...first up was the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History...




This cool artistic sculpture was along my way as I was walking to the museum...







The sign for the Museum

And another sign...





Big prehistoric fishy...




And another...



Whale



T-Rex (remember him from A Night at the Museum)???



Prehistoric bug...



Triceratops



Another dinosaur...



And another


And another...




This was a prehistoric "grazer"


AWESOME!


Yes please!!! Two!!!




Some kind of scorpion thingy....ick!




This was pretty awesome! Apparently they feed a tarrantula two or three times a day for visitors to watch and I got lucky and hit it at the right time...this is where he was telling us all about the spider...BIG SPIDER!!!




And this is right after he threw in the "volunteer" (as he called him) cricket....there is NO way that cricket knew what he was volunteering for - the spider immediately jumped and sprang on top of him and he was GONE!!!! HA!



BIG fishy!!!! This is the bones of a sailfish!


Can't remember this guys name but he was on an episode of River Monsters...he is BIG!!!!!!!!!





A giant sea turtle's bone structure



A squirrel monkey for JoJo (my niece loves monkeys) - although she probably prefers alive and with hair and flesh - HA!




A sloth - I know a few of these... :-)




A cool looking dog!!



A type of hog



Koala - what a cutie!





Loved this display...this is a vampire bat and it shows how they used to bite people...crawling under the covers and biting their feet bottoms...they suck so littel blood and cause so little pain that most people did not even know they got bite!



Jaguar!!!! I love cats!!!




Bobcat... Some kind of snowy fox...




Grizzly bear




Racoon - these guys are so cute when they are not in your dumpster growling at you!



Black bear!




foxes...

Possum




Buffalo




Look up in the Safari room and you will see this.....awesome!!!



Another kind of cat




this guy is from Asia and I can't remember his name either...


Snowy Owl...



Great horned owl



I think this is a falcon...



Bald Eagle






One of the "heads" from Easter Island - this is right at the entrance/exit of the museum












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