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Road Trippin’ … Houston

21 May 9:41 am

Road Trippin’ … Houston

By Jeff Lemieux

Before the Revolution entertained us with an impressive 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo last Saturday night, fellow road tripper Jeff Wroblewski and I got a bit of culture with an afternoon visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To be honest, I didn’t know quite what to expect as we hopped in a cab and headed toward our destination on a hot and humid afternoon. On our previous Road Trippin’ adventures I’d been relatively familiar with the cities and had general ideas what to expect on our journeys, but despite four previous trips to Houston, I hadn’t taken in many of the local attractions.

We settled on the Museum of Natural Science after consulting with the guys from The Rebel Alliance Podcast – thanks Josh and Renny – and we were not left disappointed by our decision.

I get that museums aren’t for everybody, but we’re into that kind of thing. We also figured any extra knowledge acquired might help us in the upcoming Midnight Riders trivia night at The Banshee. Watch out for the Far Post Podcast team on May 30. We’re coming for you.

There are 11 permanent exhibits at the museum and as you can ascertain from the images I captured (in the gallery below), I was most fascinated by the paleontology and gems/minerals exhibits. We were informed that the Morian Hall of Paleontology – which opened recently – is the largest paleontology exhibit in the country, and I have to say they did a fantastic job with it.

I was particularly fascinated by the bones of a large turtle which looked like it was approximately the size of the kitchen in my apartment. JWro was most intrigued by a fossil which captured a fish choking to death on another fish. Seriously. It even said it on the plaque.

Our only disappointment was that the Ancient Egypt exhibit wasn’t yet open. We missed it by days. What can you do? Guess I’ll just have to come back to Houston some other time.

I realize this isn’t the most riveting of Road Trippin’ blog posts, but sometimes it’s necessary to slow down and take in some history or the arts. With that said, we’ll be looking for some action or adventure the next time we’re on the road …