26 January 2014

Museum of Flight

Pretty much every evening I ask Wyatt to tell me about the favorite part of his day.  He usually tells me it was the part where we went to the Museum of Flight. Except, most days we don't go to the Museum of Flight.  Earlier this month, however, our friends Michelle, Tuffer, and Sabine took us along as their guests to explore the museum.  We had a super fun time "checking everything out," as Wyatt likes to say.  And it left quite an impression.

My last visit to the museum had been in 2000, and as you can imagine a lot has changed.  Most notably, the museum has acquired the now-retired Space Shuttle Trainer that astronauts used to train for shuttle missions.  It's an impressive exhibit.  I learned a lot about the space program too.  But I must admit, I came away wondering who is going to service the Hubble telescope now that the space shuttle program is over.

Wyatt spent most of his time in the shuttle cockpit simulator repeatedly crashing instead of landing.  That and hugging Sabine and falling over.

The rest of the museum had plenty to offer too.  We learned about the moon landings and spent a fair amount of time trying figure out how the lunar rover folded up small enough to pack into the lunar lander.  We were perplexed for a while over whether pluto was a planet or a planetoid.  The NASA exhibit wasn't so helpful on that point.

Wyatt and Byron co-piloted a fighter jet.  Sabine and Wyatt spent a fair amount of time taking turns talking to air traffic control, or at least the recording of air traffic control.  In addition to the exhibits, Wyatt managed to locate and identify most parts of the fire suppression system in the museum -- sprinklers, fire extinguishers, alarms, and emergency exits.  He's a bit of a safety nut.

We took elevators, sat in simulators, boarded aircraft, and ran around a lot.  I think the day was the highlight of Wyatt's month.  Pretty high on my list too.

08 January 2014

Vacation day at MOHAI

The sky was dreary and it never seemed like it got light outside, but on the first Thursday of January we took advantage of Seattle's free museum day and headed over to MOHAI.  Byron was on vacation after New Year's and we made a family day of it.  None of us had been to the museum since it had moved to the restored Armory Building at South Lake Union.  Since moving, it's been revamped and refreshed, and has turned into a great place to hang out -- especially with a curious three year old.  I think we all learned a thing or two about our city and our state. 

There was so much to see and do we couldn't get to it all in the three hours we were there.  Definitely should return.  Might need to buy a membership.

The float plane hanging from the ceiling, the huge R from the Rainier Brewery, the Ivars clam, plus cool modern art throughout the main gallery kept all of us interested.  Wyatt especially liked running the logs through the saw mill -- over and over.

I especially enjoyed the current exhibit Drawn to Seattle, featuring the amazing sketches of Seattle Times sketcher Gabriel Campanario, as well as some pretty cool works by Seattle area street sketchers as well.  I have always wanted to learn to draw.  Now I'm really inspired.

We packed a picnic lunch, chased sea gulls and Canada geese on our way back to the car, and stopped in at Starbucks for a warm up on the way home.  The day turned out anything but dreary.